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

Otira Tunnel Traffic

Otira Tunnel Traffic

The following figures show the steady expansion in business between the east and west coasts of the South Island since the Otira tunnel, piercing the Southern Alps, was opened:

1923–24 gross tonnage 259,000
1924–25 gross tonnage 344,000
1925–26 gross tonnage 380,000

As one-third of the total tonnage is represented by the weight of trucks the net tonnage for the 12 months ended July last, was therefore 254,000 tons or approximately 1/30 of the total goods tonnage conveyed on the whole of the New Zealand Railways.

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