Book Review : "Last train to paradise : journeys from the golden age of New Zealand Railways" by Graham Hutchins
Rail travel has long been the only way to see the country, especially when you
are not driving!
This lovely book "Last train to paradise" gives us a
picturesque look at how it once was for sightseer's and visitors to our fair
country from 1920 to the 1950s. Written not as a travel guide, but giving much
detail about the countryside the train passed through and where it stopped.
From North to South "trains not only linked communities, they were
communities in themselves"
In the chapter on the 'Rotorua Limited' (previously 'Rotorua Express), the
author tells the story of how it was for the passengers of this new style of
train "with enclosed vestibules between carriages. It was now possible
to walk the length of the train without having to negotiate the vagaries of
wind and weather" you can almost imagine yourself on that train,
so vivid the description of scenery, smells and stations. The black and white
photographs capture the essence of rail travel in the golden age.
This book can be borrowed from the NZ History and Travel section on the 2nd Floor.