In our post on The Railways of New Zealand: A journey through history (1 March) we neglected to mention the help we received in compiling this book from the late Tom McGavin who died on 5 February. DominionPost obituary.
In fact Tom also helped with other books from the mid 1980s to the early 2000s, inviting us to pour through his archives, or he would research them himself whenever we had a specific question and phone us back. He was always cheerful and willing to help.
He was the founder of the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society in 1944 and edited its journal The New Zealand Railway Observer until the early 1990s as well the society's books until about the same time. His editorial standards were high, something that unfortunately can't be said about any of the country's present rail and tram magazines.
Farewell Tom, you are missed.