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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 2 (June, 1926)

Road Motor Buses

Road Motor Buses.

It was felt that should the Department undertake the running of road motor buses on sections where motor competition was already successfully competing with the rail, the best course to pursue would be to purchase the plants of our competitors. In one sense the competition was considered to have been a blessing in disguise as it showed us possibilities for the further increase of passenger traffic through the provision of a motor service. Places mentioned where road buses might be used were: Oamaru-Tokarahi, Napier-Hastings, Hastings-Waipukurau, Masterton-Palmerston North, Masterton-Carterton and the Kaiapoi and Southbridge Branches. In Canterbury there was a certain amount of public clamour for an extension of the rail system by means of buses to supply a pick-up and set-down, door-to-door service.