Author(s): Barbara Mulligan & David Cuthbert
This book takes you on a journey of discovery around New Zealand exploring long forgotten railway branch lines dating back to the 1870s. The authors have researched the history of each back country railway line in detail. It is a book full of fascinating stories and facts, making for an interesting insight into the past and an essential guide for taking a journey to these intriguing parts of the country by using this book as your guide.
David Cuthbert is an engineering graduate of Canterbury University. His professional career included leadership of student organisations, involvement in the NGO sector, and 15 years as an Advisor to the leader of a political party. Barbara Mulligan has a history degree, has served in management roles in the voluntary sector, and in the government sector for a Ministry which seemed to value a finely crafted sentence as much as the ability to turn up to work on time. These interests coincided when writing about ghost railway lines across New Zealand - the history of the social impact of railway development on communities throughout the country seemed deserving of some finely honed writing.