The New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society
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.