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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 7 (November 1, 1928)

Successful Tour of Commerce Train

Successful Tour of Commerce Train

Mr. W. D. Lambie, Deputy British Trade Commissioner, has nothing but the highest praise for the work of the N.Z. Railways in connection with the Commerce Train which toured Auckland province from 26th October to 4th November.

Speaking to a “Dominion” representative, Mr. Lambie stated that the train had been a great success from every point of view, and had been a great tribute to the efficiency of the Railway Department. Throughout there had not been the slightest hitch in the organisation. The service rendered was equal to that obtained in first-class hotels, and every effort had been made to provide for the comfort of the passengers. There was even a daily paper produced by the Railway Publicity Department, giving details regarding the day's programme, economic resources of the districts visited and other valuable information. All portions of the Auckland province were visited from Rotorua, Taneatua, in the east, to Waitomo in the South, and Broadwood in the far north. The tour provided a unique opportunity for studying the economic developments of the regions visited, for members were able to see for themselves what had taken place in afforestation and some of the principal industrial establishments, as among the places visited were Price's engineering works at Thames and the cement works at Whangarei. The party also witnessed the remarkable success which hard work and the lavish use of fertilisers has produced in turning what was apparently the poorest class of land into rich pasturage. They were also able to study developments in the dairy industry, visiting butter, cheese, dried milk and casein factories. In addition they were able to catch a passing glimpse of some of the greatest scenic attractions in the province. An important feature was the promotion of a better understanding between the business men in the cities and the rural dwellers.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner (Mr. C. M. Crofts) and the United States Trade Commissioner (Mr. J. B. Foster) were also members of the party. These overseas representatives found it an excellent opportunity to extend their knowledge of districts which they seldom have the privilege to visit.