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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 6 (September 2, 1935)

Fast, Frequent, Comfortable Services

Fast, Frequent, Comfortable Services.

“The manufacture of the cars is now in hand, but, of course, some time will elapse before they will be ready for service. Meantime suitable schedules of running are being worked out to give a fast, comfortable service. The bodies will be built in the Hutt Workshops and Leyland Motors, Ltd., will supply the engines. The new cars are designed to travel at a rate of 50 to 60 miles per hour on the flat. They will negotiate the Rimutaka Incline (with its grade of about 1 in 15) fully loaded at a speed of from 15 to 17 miles per hour. The adhesion and braking-power of the cars is such that no centre rail is required for their operation on the Incline.

“Not only will travel over this section of country be very much faster than at present, but there will be a much more frequent service.

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“These new factors are expected to change the whole aspect of travel on the line between Wellington and Palmerston North via the Wairarapa.

“Time is one of the most important factors to consider in modern transport,” said Mr. Mackley. “It is therefore interesting to note that the introduction of these cars will reduce the time between Wellington and Master-ton from about 3 hours 40 minutes to about 2 hours 15 minutes, a saving of 1 hour 25 minutes. Between Masterton and Palmerston North by through service the time will be reduced from about 3 ¼ hours to about 2 hours, a saving of 1 ½ hours.

“The tentative schedule for running the rail-cars provides four passenger services in each direction between Masterton and Wellington (instead of the present two). It also provides three passenger services in each direction between Masterton and Palmers-ton North (instead of the present two).”