Tribute keeps memory alive
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.