The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 12 (April 1, 1928.)
Variations in Traffic and Revenue — as compared with last year—1st April, 1927, to 3rd March, 1928
Variations in Traffic and Revenue
as compared with last year—1st April, 1927, to 3rd March, 1928.
|District||Passengers. Number.||Season Tickets. Number.||Bearertickets. Number.||Cattle, Calves. Number.||Sheep Pigs. Number.||Timber. Tons.||Other Goods Tons.|
|District||Passengers.||Parcels.||Goods.||Miscellancous.||Total increase or decrease.|
Note: “Minus” sign indicates decrease. In all other cases the figures indicate the increase in number, quantity or amount.
The position in regard to number of ordinary passengers carried has improved considerably in the last five months. While the decrease up to 12th November was over 309 thousand, by 3rd March it had been reduced to 278 thousand, an improvement of 31 thousand—indicating the effect of special efforts made by the Department through introducing motor services, special feature excursions, and publicity methods. The rate of decrease in passenger revenue has also been lessened.
Cattle and calves show a good increase, most of which may be attributed to the boneless veal industry started last season.
All districts in the North Island record an increase in the number of sheep and pigs carried, due to the earlier season. In the South Island Canterbury shows a seasonal decrease, Dunedin is normal, while Invercargill reports a substantial increase, due to the fine weather and favourable season experienced.
The decrease in timber traffic due to the general slump in the industry locally has resulted in a loss of revenue under this heading of approximately £70,000.
The carriage of large quantities of artificial manure and coal has tended to an increase under the heading of “Other Goods.” Wellington, Invercargill and Westport districts report decreases, the cause in the case of the latter being the falling off in the production of coal.