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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 5 (September 24, 1926)



District Passenger. £ Parcels. £ Goods. £ Miscellaneous. £ Total increase or decrease. £
Auckland -14,081 -1,481 43,646 -519 27,565
Ohakune -4,223 -988 16,201 219 11,209
Wanganui -9,447 -2,304 13,163 -414 998
Wellington -24,540 -5,965 7,748 4,332 -18,425
Total N.I.M.L.B. -52,291 -10,738 80,758 3,618 21,347
Westport -28 21 4,523 2,016 6,532
Christchurch 3,122 -6,261 32,618 -85 29,394
Dunedin 6,718 -2,372 10,016 3,792 18,154
Invercargill 6,227 -1,406 14,562 487 19,870
Total S.I.M.L.B. 16,067 -10,039 57,196 4,194 67,418
Grand Total -36,252 -20,756 142,477 9,828 95,297

Note: “Minus” sign indicates decrease. In all other cases the figures indicate the increase in number, quantity or amount.

The above statement is compiled from the weekly traffic returns, which are found most useful when forecasting the approximate revenue for the period, and tracing the weekly fluctuations in traffic.

In surveying the above figures it must be borne in mind that Easter Monday 1926, was 5th April, and in 1925 the 13th April, so that the current year's passenger figures would be slightly affected on account of a portion of the advanced bookings being included in March period. However, the large decrease in the number of passengers carried, viz.: 665,599 is due almost entirely to motor bus competition in the suburban areas, and additional traffic last year through the visit of the American fleet.

Livestock shows a substantial increase due to forced sales of cattle on account of shortage of feed, and the movement of store sheep.

Timber has dropped 38,832 tons—almost every district showing a decrease. This is mainly attributable to heavy importations of poles for Power Boards last year and also to a general decline in the output from local mills.

Under the heading “Other Goods” there is shown an increase of 93,000 tons mainly in grain, fruit, dairy produce, wool, coal, benzine, and artificial manures.

Turning to the revenue, the decrease in passenger receipts is due to a general falling off in short distance bookings this year. The decrease in parcels revenue is explained by the fact that horses and motors are now booked through the goods.

The new tariff has assisted in producing the increase in goods revenue.

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