Posts Categorized: History

Mark Cole, Former NZR&LS Archivist

It is with regret that I have to advise that the Society’s long-time archivist until recently, Mark Cole, passed away last night (28 May). He was aged 88. Mark had done many tasks for the Society over a very long period of time, including having been our archivist and caretaker of the Thomas McGavin building… Read more »

That Very First ‘New Zealand Railway Observer’

A Personal Reminiscence by Tom McGavin. (Taken from RESEARCH NOTES #104) It was recently suggested to me that I could describe how the first issue of this journal was put together, all those 58 years ago. To really understand the process of compilation of that first number, described as Volume 1, Number 1, and dated… Read more »

Wab 794 this is your story.

Our Society‚Äôs steam locomotive Wab 794 was leased to Feilding and District Steam Rail Society on 1 February 1997 for restoration to service. It was transferred to Feilding, where it arrived on 22 March 1997 to be overhauled. It has worked excursion trains based at Feilding since. Feilding and District Steam Rail Society has restored… Read more »