The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 7 (December 1, 1932)
Other Functions of the Branch
Other Functions of the Branch.
In September, 1922, the Controller of the Branch was appointed a purchasingpage break
New Zealand Railways Refreshment Branch
(Rly. Publicity Photos.)
Refreshment Branch, Headquarters at Wellington.—(1) Staff, Accounts, and Stores Purchase Section; (2) Mr. W. Elsom, Chief Clerk; (3) Mr. F. Lindsay, Controller; (4) Records and Typist; (5) General Office.
Typical seenes in Government Railways Refreshment Rooms.—(1) Refreshment Room, Auckland Station; (2) kitchen, Auckland; (3) Refreshment Room, Ohakune; (4) Dining Room, Frankton Junction; (5) Rrefreshment Room, Frankton Junction; (6) Refreshment Room, Marton; (7) Dining Room, Marton; (8) Refreshment Room, Palmerston North; (9) Refreshment Room, Paekakariki.
officer, under the authority of the Government Stores Control Board, for the purpose of purchasing groceries and foodstuffs for all Government Departments. “The work involved is of a highly specialised nature, and its performance necessitates the handling of a very large number of requisitions, to the approximate value of £200,000 annually.
Another service which the Branch has controlled since its inauguration on 10th April, 1925, relates to the hire of cushions on the principal express trains. As an indication of the extent to which this service is availed of by the travelling public, it will suffice to say that since its inception the average number of cushions hired at 1/- each is 83,900 per annum.
When Auckland's new station was opened, on 10th November, 1930, the Refreshment Branch entered into occupation of the bodkstall and fruitstall, also the hairdressing saloon and the bathrooms. The Branch still continues to operate these services.
Other bookstalls now under Departmental control are located at Christ church, Dunedin and Masterton.
The staffing, equipping, and cleaning of the Vice-Regal cars, Ministerial cars, special cars, sleeping cars, and ladies' cars are also under the jurisdiction of the Branch.