The New Zealand Rail­way and Lo­co­mo­tive So­ci­ety

The Shed - - Book review -

The New Zealand Rail­way and Lo­co­mo­tive So­ci­ety is a long-es­tab­lished or­ga­ni­za­tion for folks with an in­ter­est in trains. It has a world­wide mem­ber­ship of hun­dreds. The Kaik­oura Job is the lat­est of an im­pres­sive cat­a­logue of pub­li­ca­tions pro­duced by the so­ci­ety, which in­cludes Bruce Shalders’ Rail­way Houses of New Zealand, which was re­viewed in Is­sue No. 78 of The Shed.

At any time the so­ci­ety may have two or three books be­ing pre­pared for pub­li­ca­tion, and it pub­lishes at least one new book each year. As well it pro­duces a mag­a­zine, The New Zealand Rail­way Ob­server, and a news­let­ter, The Turntable. The so­ci­ety sup­ports authors re­search­ing rail­way his­tory with its very ex­ten­sive archive of doc­u­ments, draw­ings, maps, and over 40,000 rail­way-re­lated pho­to­graphs lo­cated at 1A North Street Pe­tone. It also funds the Tom McGavin Re­search Grant, which is awarded an­nu­ally. Tom, who founded the so­ci­ety in 1944, was a true en­thu­si­ast and edited The New Zealand Rail­way Ob­server for 54 years. The so­ci­ety’s present project is con­vert­ing its archive to dig­i­tal for­mat. The so­ci­ety owns two lo­co­mo­tives: AB608, which pulls the Marl­bor­ough Flyer be­tween Pic­ton and Blen­heim; and Wab 794, which is un­der­go­ing a sur­vey in Field­ing. At its Welling­ton de­pot at Sil­ver­stream, it is restor­ing two Manawatu Rail­way car­riages, with one al­most com­pleted.

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