MY New Zealand friend whose ambition was to “tell the world” something about the miracles performed by railway engineers in his native country should this week enjoy the pleasure of seeing his suggestion come to fruition, for in the present number I begin the extraordinarily fascinating chapter on pioneer work in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The Auckland-
In that country the lines of the pioneers were frequently menaced by the then war-
The New Zealand chapter (which, by the way, is contributed by my colleague, Mr. Cecil J. Allen) continues into Part 9, about which issue I should like to make a few observations. My correspondence, which is still great and of infinite variety, continues to reveal the readers’ astonishing appetite for more and more varied and widespread information. It reveals, too, a diversity of character that is a little short of astonishing. To give but one example, one mail included a most interesting communication from “Mrs. E.” (London, N.16), who is 83 years of age, and another from “V.R.S.” (Bristol), who, at 11½ years, is also an enthusiast. “Mrs. E.” states that her mother and aunt were among the first passengers to travel in Stephenson’s “Rocket”, but claims that the “Rocket” was built at Manchester. In this, of course, my correspondent is wrong if we are to judge from all the evidence to the contrary. The “Rocket” was built at Stephenson’s own works at Newcastle. Another reader, “S. M. A.” (Sunderland), has been patiently waiting for a chapter telling the complete story of the Great Western Railway, on which service he himself worked for many years. His patience is now to be rewarded, for Part 9 will incorporate this story -
ALL those readers who have expressed a desire to see chapters on subjects of more than special interest to them, will find in time that their eagerness will be satisfied; and to those who have made practical suggestions I offer my warmest thanks. Extensive plans were, of course, made long before this publication was first issued a few weeks ago, but I have received a great deal of help from many readers who can rightly claim a share in increasing the already wide scope of this production. Railway Wonders of the World, it would appear, has developed rapidly into a kind of correspondence club. A most agreeable development.
ANOTHER feature of Part 9 will be the fifth chapter on famous trains. This time we shall deal with a train that has more than a special interest for me -
I am finding that the art plates which I am publishing in this work from time to time are exceedingly popular, as is their diversity. A number of these has been planned, and next week I propose to include a three-