The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 2 (June, 1926)
There was scope for an extension of excursion traffic by the supply of special services in particular localities. Effort should be made to induce promoters of “house” picnics to arrange travel for their annual picnic by rail. Excursions for farmers in the winter time between one farming district and another was recommended, the matter to be tried out between the Waikato and Taranaki Provinces. It was considered that this idea offered quite good possibilities. Negotiations were opened for running a farmers’ excursion from the Waikato to Hawera for the South Taranaki Winter Show about the end of June.
The question of the removal of the limitation of one excursion per annum now granted to schools was raised. It was felt that at times the restrictions prevented the Department from obtaining traffic which might otherwise have been available.
Mr. Mouat announced that the Department some time ago made arrangements for improvements in the tarpaulins and that those now being released from the workshops were of better quality in all respects than those previously in use.
An Acrobatic Engine.
On November 21st at 6.45 a.m. (says the Annual Report of the Japanese Government Railways), a passenger train, No. 621 (composed of five bogie passenger cars) was running between Fubasami and Imaichi, Nikko Line. No sooner had it reached the up grade than the engine began rolling in the air until it came to a standstill. A relief engine was sent from Imaichi station, but as the drivers on the latter failed to work the brake properly it rushed against the train in situ. The violent shake destroyed two engines, thereby injuring six passengers, three railway servants, and one railway post office servant.
A London Cabman, unable to pass a bus, was inflamed to paroxysms of unthinkable objurgation. “Oh, sir,” said the driver of the bus in tones of reverence, “that was lovely! Will yer kindly tell me where ye're preaching next Sunday? I should so like to ‘ear yer at yer best.”