The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 7 (December 1, 1932)
Feeding The Multitude
Feeding The Multitude.
The New Zealand Railways Refreshment Branch came into existence as a separate unit of Departmental organisation in August, 1917, and since then its functions have been increased to such an extent that it has developed into an important subsidiary service.
Commencing in a very small way with only eight Refreshment Rooms (the control of which was taken over from lessees) the first Controller of the Branch, Mr. Irwin Paris, established an organisation which has stood the test of time.