Co-operation and Co-operation the Solution.
Looking at every aspect of this complex problem of the rail and motor in modern transport, I am personally convinced that its solution does lie along lines of co-operation and co-ordination. Motors have long since justified their utility in the service of man and their retention is an economic necessity. But, as has been pointed out in the course of these articles, their sphere of successful economic operation is a definitely circumscribed one. Their scope of greatest usefulness (in the world of transport proper) is as feeders to existing
(F. Stewart, photo.)
Interior view of one of the new Second class cars built at Newmarket Workshops for service on the Auckland Suburban lines.
railway systems. The railways must, therefore, remain the chief transport highway of the country. And when, as in our own case, they are a Stateowned enterprise, in which more than fifty millions of the people's money has been invested, the question of maintaining the solvency of the railway system becomes one of the most vital importance to every member of the community. Let it be constantly recognised that the railways, by developing the country, have made possible its economic prosperity to-day and that the perpetuation of our prosperity is inseparably bound up with the measure of patronage afforded the railways by the people of New Zealand.
[The above series of articles on “Railways in Modern Transport” formed the substance of a paper read by Mr. Wyles before a recent meeting of the Technological Branch of the Wellington Philosophical Society.—Ed., N.Z.R.M.]
“From the national point of view the conveyance of long-distance traffic by road is wrong. It must be a mistake for the heavy traffic to be pushed on to the roads, which are already overcrowded, and at the same time, for the railways to be left, possibly, without the full amount of traffic which they can work. Even to the motor industry I think it a most serious matter. If there is anything which can make travel unpleasant to the private owner of a car it is a flood of heavy, long vehicles on the road.
—Mr. F. C. A. Coventry, O.B.E., Superintendent of Road Transport, Great Western Railways, England.
“Now I gain the mountain's brow, What a landscape lies below!…” —John Dwyer.
Waimakariri Gorge, Midland Line, South Island.
Staircase Gully Viaduct (235ft. high) in the foreground.