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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 4 (July 1, 1935.)



Mr. A. T. Ennis.

The death has occurred of Mr. A. T. Ennis, who until 1924 was Chief Clerk at the Head Office of the Railways Department. The late Mr. Ennis had a long and honourable career in the Railway Service. He joined the Department in 1883 as a cadet at Invercargill. Seven years later he became relieving officer in that district. being subsequently appointed to various positions as Stationmaster, Traffic Inspector, and Traffic Clerk in the principal South Island railway districts. In 1918 Mr. Ennis was promoted to Chief Clerk in the District Traffic Manager's Office. Wellington, and in 1920 became Chief Clerk at Head Office, Wellington, a position he held until retirement on superannuation in 1924.

The General Manager of Railways, Mr. G. H. Mackley, in a personal tribute, remarked upon the large number of railway officers who had benefited in the course of their service through training under the guidance of the late Mr. Ennis. “Speaking personally,” said Mr. Mackley, “I must acknowledge having gained much in the early days of my association with the Department through the guidance of the late Mr. Ennis in those principles of rall-reading which lie at the root of efficiency in railway matters. Mr. Ennis always brought out the best qualities of those who passed through his hands. A strict disciplinarian, he yet was very human and had a warm regard for all who came within the circle of his friendship. He won the respect of all with whom he had dealings either within the Department or amongst those of the public with whom his business activities brought him in contact. He was an assiduous worker and through critical years of railway development helped in establishing those principles and methods of promptness in the dispatch of business, care for the welfare of the Department's customers and employees, consideration of the public safety, and thoroughness in the performance of duties, which have become a valuable tradition of the service. Every railwayman who had the good fortune of association with the late Mr. Ennis in his work for the Department will, I am sure, concur with me in this tribute to the memory of one of the Dominion's great railwaymen.”

“Very Handsome Project.”
R.P.M. And The New Railway Station.

A fine tribute to the skill of the designing officers of the New Zealand Railways has been paid by the H. H. Robertson Company in connection with the platform plans of the new Wellington Railway Station recently submitted to them. Robertson's Protected Metal forms a vital portion of the platform shelters. R.P.M. has been used in overseas countries for more than thirty years and in New Zealand for the past twelve or fourteen years.

Referring to the platform plans the Robertson Company states:—

“This is a very handsome project and incidentally we might say that we like the New Zealand Government Railway Engineer's design for these shelters very much.

“We have supplied R.P.M. sheeting for dozens and dozens of platform shelters in many countries; we are currently doing some for railways in India and will shortly be executing a very large order (about twice the size of this Wellington Station) in Holland, and we have quite a collection of drawings of platform shelter designs. We have seen none that we like better than the Wellington Station.”

The H. H. Robertson Company have been supplying R.P.M. for similar projects for a great number of years and are therefore with this experience in a position to comment.

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A Scene On The World-Famed Milford Track, South Island, New Zealand.

A Scene On The World-Famed Milford Track, South Island, New Zealand.

(Rly. Publicity photo)
To praise “The finest walk in the World” (from Te Anau to Milford Sound via the Clinton Valley, McKinnon Pass, and Arthur River) is to paint the lily. Mountain and forest scenery, trans and lakes, cliff's and canyons—all these and many other beauties charm the traveller. From the native bush, with its bush birds, the track ascends to 3,400 feet, and at the “drop scene “near the Pass there is a sheer fall of 1,800 feet to the Arthur Valley.

And what did you see?
Tall trees that ever upward reach;
Silver on the birch bole; purple on the beech…”