The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 6, Issue 7 (February 1, 1932.)
Enemy of Waste
Enemy of Waste.
Of recent years the Stores branch has so extended its influence and control that to-day all railway stores and material, whether new or second-hand and where-ever situated, which are not actually in use for service purposes come within the ambit of its responsibility and it is the business of the Stores branch to see that they are properly cared for and accounted for, and finally that they are put to proper use or disposed of to the best advantage. Whilst its prime function is to provide supplies and materials of all kinds to enable the railway services to be efficiently maintained, the Stores branch is the open enemy of material waste in all its forms and it has the duty of limiting expenditures in respect to supplies, to actual necessity.