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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 12 (March 2, 1936)

Railway Progress in New Zealand — General Manager's Message — Future Developments

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Railway Progress in New Zealand
General Manager's Message
Future Developments.

In the conditions existing at the present time I believe opportunities exist for further sound development of our business along progressive lines. Already much has been done, and the record of achievement by the railways of New Zealand in, say, the last twenty-five years, is a most impressive one.

In no industry is experience so valuable as in the Railway industry. Its ramifications and problems are so varied that it is quite impossible to provide wholly for their exposition in text books. In the important field of transport it may reasonably be claimed that the best experience is to be found in the Railway Department—due entirely to the fact, of course, that all other means of mechanised land transport are of comparatively recent development. The Railway Department has at its disposal a wealth of well-informed knowledge, based very largely on the experience of an industrial life-time—more particularly as it applies to members of the service who have served continuously for the best part of half a century, and have followed the evolution of transport in all its aspects.

The habit of careful preparation before innovations are adopted is so engrained in railwaymen that public confidence has been built up to a very high degree. It lies with the present members of the service to maintain and increase that confidence.

Not only do railwaymen understand the problem of railway operation, but also, as the Department provides its own road services, they must as a matter of course, be well versed in the problem of the road, both directly, and indirectly through close association with the various road licensing issues. Railwaymen are also conversant with the various aspects of sea transport. They are directly associated not only with the matter of handling cargo, but also with all that is involved in the safe and satisfactory disposal of large quantities of imports and exports, from the time the cargo is received in trucks until it is clear of bond, if this should be necessary.

These various activities give the railwayman so close an acquaintance with the ramifications of all forms of transport that, individually and collectively, he is probably better able than most to advise and assist in the general transport requirements of the community at large.

There are many new features soon to be introduced in the wide range of Departmental activities which are now associated with every form of transport within the Dominion. I feel that their success will follow as a result of the reception these new features will receive from the public, and the desire of a loyal Railway staff to ensure that the sound position now occupied by the Railways, in their relation to the Public and the State, is still further improved.

General Manager.

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