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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 11 (June 1, 1930)

The Private Motor Car

The Private Motor Car.

The trouble on the passenger side was not so much commercial competition as the competiton of the private motor car, which was in a sense non-commercial. It probably was very rarely indeed that the question as to whether a person was going to travel by private motor car or railway was determined by the financial considerations involved. Day by day people were travelling by their motor cars and they did not give one single thought to the question as to whether they could not do it more cheaply by rail. Circumstances of convenience entered into it, of course, and all too often—he was afraid — circumstances of vanity.