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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 11 (March 1, 1929)


All the great State services have to endure their full share of criticism from people who profess to know better than those controlling and operating those services how they ought to be run. Perhaps none of the State undertakings has to put up with more criticism than the Railway Department. And while the public is over-generous in its criticism, it is generally rather tardy in handing out compliments when they are due. It was refreshing, therefore, to attend a rather unique function held at Dunsandel Town Hall, when residents from every part of the district assembled in sufficient numers to more than fill the hall for the purpose of showing their appreciation of the action of the Railway Department in having the railway station and yards lighted by electricity.

Mr. D. T. Wraight, a well-known district farmer, who presided, mentioned at the opening of the function that, since Mr. W. R. Breach had been appointed stationmaster, he and the members of his staff had performed some very commendable work in the direction of laying out and tending gardens, to improve, from an aesthetic point of view, the appearance of the station and its surroundings. Some assistance had been given by the residents.