The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 7 (November 1, 1927)
Variations in Traffic and Revenue — as compared with last year—1st April to 17th September, 1927
Variations in Traffic and Revenue
as compared with last year—1st April to 17th September, 1927
|District||Passengers. Number.||Season. Number.||Bearer-tickets. Number.||Cattle, Calves. Number.||Sheep Pigs. Number.||Timber. Tons.||Other Goods Tons.|
|Total N. I. M. L. B.||−35,806||9,034||3,772||30,315||19,701||−27,920||−15,599|
|Total S. I. M. L. B.||−214,123||3,266||−296||−672||−4,485||−24,680||5,642|
|District||Passengers.||Parcels.||Goods.||Miscellaneous.||Total increase or decrease.|
|Total N. I. M. L. B.||−36,567||−691||−48,822||2,587||−83,493|
|Total S. I. M. L. B.||−45,857||−1,135||9,770||4,448||−32,774|
Note: “Minus” sign indicates decrease. In all other cases the figures indicate the increase in number, quantity or amount.
It will be seen from the above statement that there is a total decrease in revenue of £121,209 as compared with the previous year. The main factors bearing on this decrease are the extra day in last year's returns (1st April to 18th September), the abnormal traffic during the closing weeks of the Dunedin Exhibition (1st April to 1st May, 1926) and the fact that Anzac Day this year was observed on a Monday as against a Sunday last year.
These reasons apply more particularly to the passenger traffic which is responsible for 68.20 per cent. of the total decrease in revenue.
Heavy consignments of calves during the August and September periods have greatly inflated the livestock returns resulting in an increase of 29,607 to date, against a decrease of 18,448 shown in July's statements.
Under the heading “Other Goods” there is shown a decrease of 21,887 tons mainly in potatoes, fruit, wool, road metal and coal ex West Coast.
The decrease in timber is due to building trade slackness and larger use of imported timbers at main centres where no railage is involved.