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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 7 (November 1, 1929)


From the Secretary, The National Dairy Association of New Zealand, to the General Manager of Railways, Wellington:—

At a meeting of my Directors held recently, I was instructed to write thanking you and your staff for the satisfactory arrangements made in providing special train accommodation for our delegates who attended the Association's annual conference at Whangarei last month.

I would like to state that, not only was a special train arranged from Auckland to Whangarei, but also from Dargaville to Aranga. In the running of this latter train provision was made whereby the train was stopped at various places to give our delegates an opportunity of gaining a better knowledge of the country in the North, and also of taking various interesting photographs. The service was very much appreciated.

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From Mr. R. F. Baird, Napier, to the General Manager of Railways, Wellington:—

I would like to express to you the thanks of Mrs. Baird and self to the members of the Railway Service connected with the Napier-Wellington train and those stations for the great kindness shown Mrs. Baird's mother and her nurse when they travelled recently to Wellington.

Mrs. Baird's mother is an invalid, and it was no mean task to shift her, but the nurse has written that she suffered no inconvenience whatsoever, and actually enjoyed the trip.

Everything that could be foreseen to lighten the difficulties was done by he Stationmaster, Foreman and others at Napier, and the nurse says that the whole way down, and at Wellington, every possible kindness and courtesy that could be conceived was shown by the Railway employees. The nurse had had many years of experience in English military hospitals and I am not without experience of being a cot case on a train, and when we were both struck by the ability as well as the care shown, it says much for the consideration received.

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From Abraham and Williams Ltd., auctioneers, Taumarunui, to the Stationmaster, Taumarunui:—

We desire to express to those of your staff who were responsible, our sincere appreciation of the excellent manner in which the arrangements for the despatch of stock were executed on the occasion of our Ewe Fair.

We can safely say that we could not wish for better service than was rendered by your staff on this occasion.

While we hesitate to mention individuals in particular, not knowing all who were responsible, we are particularly grateful to your Transport Officer, Mr. Coleman, for the earnest attention he gave to our requirements.

The fact that 116 trucks of sheep ex the Ewe Fair alone were loaded and despatched within twenty-four hours is testimony of the excellent work done under conditions which could not be considered of the best.

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From Anderson's Ltd., Christchurch, to the Editor, “New Zealand Railways Magazine,” Wellington:—

We should like to put on record our appreciation of the excellent service rendered by the Railway Department in assisting us recently to despatch from Auckland to Hamilton some very heavy machinery that was required urgently. It was very wet at the time, and, but for the assistance given us by the Railway Transport Department and, in particular, the representative on the Auckland wharves, serious delays must have occurred.

Exactly the same applies to Frankton Junction and Hamilton, and, had we not received the co-operation from the staffs at these two centres also, we would have been put to very considerable inconvenience.