Trib­ute keeps me­mory alive

Kapi-Mana News - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

Sum­mer­set Aotea’s Alan Wick­ens has pub­lished a pic­to­rial trib­ute to the English Elec­tric trains that have now dis­ap­peared from the Welling­ton net­work.

Wick­ens said there is a ‘‘cer­tain fond­ness for some­thing when it is gone’’ with the last English Elec­tric run­ning on the John­sonville line on March 19 last year and on the Melling line on June 25.

But he felt most pas­sen­gers would be en­joy­ing the com­fort and higher re­li­a­bil­ity of the new Matangi units.

Wick­ens’ 32-page The last years of the English Electrics on the John­sonville Line takes a look at the last 11 years of the English Electrics with a trip to each sta­tion on the John­sonville line that in­cludes ‘‘driver eye views’’ no longer avail­able on the Matangi and a sec­tion on re­build­ing the sta­tions for the new units. There are 168 pho­to­graphs. The book­let was launched at Sum­mer­set Aotea with a vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion and a book sign­ing.

Copies can be bought from the au­thor for $15 plus $2.50 postage.

Wick­ens can be con­tacted at wick­ens@ xtra. co. nz or call 235 9733 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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