Low and High Rate Goods.
Especially in New Zealand, a careful analysis of the position was necessary in order to determine the soundness or otherwise of the railways. “As our railways are a developmental as well as a revenue earning institution we have
Prize-Winner Among New Zealand Station Gardens.
(Rly. Publicity photo.)
(1) The Rakaia station garden, South Canterbury, which was awarded the Challenge Cup trophy in the recent station garden competition. This garden is noted for its wealth of roses, about 150 assorted varieties of which were planted by Mr. H. MacDougall, for some years stationmaster at Rakaia—now retired on superannuation. No less enthusiastic in devotion to the garden is the present stationmaster (Mr. D. Finlay, inset 2) and his staff, who have worked successfully in furthering Mr. MacDougall's pioneer work. (3) The invercargill-Christchurch Express passing over the Rakaia Bridge (1 ½miles), New Zealand's longest railway bridge.
had to face more concessions from that point of view than other railways not situated as ours,” Mr. Sterling continued. “We had, however, up to the time when the competition entered, been able to keep the position fairly well in hand by reason of the incidents I have mentioned, that on the goods that were able to carry the higher rates we were able to recoup ourselves so as to come reasonably near squaring the ledger. However, with the advent of competition and that feelingof dissatisfaction regarding the distribution of the burden of the developmental or non-commercial rates, a tendency has grown up, and is becoming most marked, for the person requiring transport to transfer his higher rate goods to the competitive form of transport while leaving his lower rate goods with the railways.”