The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 4 (August 1, 1927)
|District||Passengers. £||Parcels. £||Goods. £||Miscellaneous. £||Total increase or decrease. £|
|Total N. I. M. L. B.||-6,312||-241||-16,299||1,413||-21,439|
|Total S. I. M. L. B.||-38,894||-947||16,489||-423||-23,775|
Note: “Minus” sign indicated decrease. In all other cases the figures indicate the increase in number, quantity or amount.
It will be seen from the above statement that there is a total decrease in revenue of £44,695 as compared with the previous year. The main factors bearing on this decrease are the extra day in last year's returns (1st April to 29th May), the abnormal traffic during the closing weeks of the Dunedin Exhibition (1st May, 1926) and the fact that Anzac Day this year was observed on a Monday as against a Sunday last year.
These reasons apply more particularly to the coaching traffic which is responsible for practically the whole of the decrease in revenue.
The considerable decrease in the number of cattle is mainly confined to the Wellington district, and is due to the shortage of feed last year compelling farmers to rail stock to freezing works or to other districts for pasture.
Under the heading “Other Goods” there is shown an increase of 22,701 tons mainly in grain, potatoes, frozen meat, coal and benzine.
The receipts from motor bus traffic are included under “Miscellaneous,” thus accounting for the notable increase in this figure for the Wellington district.