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

”Pleasantly Surprised.”

Pleasantly Surprised.”

“Visitors to the Dominion usually complain about our railways. It has become monotonous,” remarked a Dunedin Press representative to a recent visitor to the Dominion. The visitor replied as follows:—

“I know, I was warned against them long before I came here, but if it is any news to you, I can say that I have been pleasantly surprised by them.” He went on to say that throughout his sojourn in New Zealand he had never suffered any inconvenience through train travelling as regards comfort. The choice of small corridor compartments or of seats in pullman cars left nothing to be desired. The meal arrangements at the wayside stations were quaint, and gave one a chance to have a stretch. The speed of express trains was undoubtedly the utmost that could be obtained on the narrow gauge lines, and in most parts of the country the scenery was so attractive that the traveller did not notice the time pass by. Of course, the carriages were smaller and more dingy than those most visitors were used to, but for short distance purposes they were quite satisfactory.

“I hear you are making all your own locomotives and cars,” he concluded. “You are to be congratulated on the progress made in such a young country.”