The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 7 (November 1, 1927)
Railway Manufacturers and Ancillary Services
Railway Manufacturers and Ancillary Services.
Britain's Most Powerful Passenger Locomotive.
The “King George V.” 4–6–0 four-cylinder locomotive is the first of twenty new “King” class machines recently turned out of the Great Western Shops at Swindon.
How numerous are the side lines engaged in by the modern railway undertaking is rarely realised, even by the railway employee himself. The manufacture and sale of transportation calls for the conduct of many activities which at first sight appear far removed from railway working, but it is only by steadily building up these ancillary services that efficient rail transportation can be given the public.
Typical of the outside activities which bring grist to the railway mill are the hotels and refreshment rooms, dock systems and steamship services, road-carrying fleets, and similar subsidiary services of the Home lines. Taking a leaf out of Britain's book, there is now proceeding in Germany a marked move towards the development of a nation-wide railway hotels business, as part of the extensive improvement plan of the vast railway undertaking, conducted on commercial lines, which has been evolved out of the State Railways of Germany.