RTSA acknowledges recent passing of Dr. Francis Small (1946-2021)

The RTSA acknowledges the recent passing of Dr. Francis Small.

(In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Neurological Foundation or by phoning +64 09 309 7749)

Dr Francis Small, a Distinguished Fellow of Engineering New Zealand and President of IPENZ in 1996/97, passed away on 5th March 2021.  He was a life time employee of NZ railways and successor companies and Managing Director of NZ Rail and subsequently Tranz Rail.  He was also a board member of NZ Rail, Tranz Rail Holdings, Wisconsin Central, Tasrail and the Australian Transport Network for a period of five years.

The RTSA awarded Dr. Small it’s Individual Award for lifetime achievement in 2013 as per this award citation.

Dr Francis Small receiving the RTSA Individual Award from Jim Quinn, former CEO of KiwiRail in 2013