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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 6 (September 1, 1936)

Surprise for Rail Passenger

Surprise for Rail Passenger.

A young woman who boarded the north express at Dunedin without realising that she had left her handbag in a telephone booth on the station was no less surprised than delighted to have her property returned to her at Waitati, states the Christchurch “Press.” The train had already left Dunedin when the bag was found, and it was promptly handed to the stationmaster, who, on investigation, discovered that it contained rail and steamer tickets. He immediately took steps to have the express stopped at Waitati, and no less hastily dispatched one of his staff in a taxi in pursuit of the owner. Train and taxi met according to plan at Waitati, and a worried young woman, now aware of the lengths to which the Railways Department is prepared to go in the service of its passengers, gratefully accepted her bag. The department has assumed responsibility for the payment of the taxi until the young woman can return and meet the expense incurred.