Author(s): Graham Hutchins
Last train to paradise describes the halcyon days of New Zealand rail, some of which the author was fortunate enough to experience personally. The 'name' trains and journeys cover a considerable period of New Zealand's history, from the late 1800's, through the 'golden' era of train travel (the first four decades of the 20th century). Amoung the special journeys covered are the Prince of Wales' royal progress through New Zealand in 1920; travelling the Rotorua Limited to take the waters in 1930; and boarding the 'Test Match Special' to enjoy the rugby in 1956. The book also includes a wide variety of fascinating and unfamiliar photographs, not just of the trains themselves but also of the characters who travelled in them.
Graham Hutchins, author of Great New Zealand Railway Journeys, has written many books on New Zealand railways and is the ideal writer for this book. He has also written many books on rugby and cricket, as well as the earlier Exisle title, Eight Days a Week. He lives in Hamilton.