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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 2 (June 1, 1928)

Some Interesting Figures

Some Interesting Figures.

Speaking at the annual dinner of the Institute of Transport held in London on 21st March, Lord Daryngton (whose great-grandfather gave George Stephenson the money to put the first Railway Bill through Parliament) said that so great had been the development of transport during the past twenty-five years, that even the most imaginative man a quarter of a century ago could not have realised it. After a reference to the world-wide development of railways from the small beginnings in England, Lord Daryngton quoted some instructive figures relating to the railways of Great Britain, the United States, and Germany. The figures are as follows:—

Great United
Britain. States. Germany.
Mileage 20,000 250,000 36,000
Locomotives 24,000 66,000 27,000
Passenger vehicles 51,000 56,000 64,000
Average haul (miles) 54 311 80
Average train load (tons) 131 770 285
Average wagon load (tons) 5 ½ 27 ½
Average receipts per ton-mile 1 ½d ½d 1d

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