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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 1 (May 1, 1930)

The Classic Train of the Dominion

The Classic Train of the Dominion.

“I think that the public,” concluded Mr. Taverner, “will appreciate the fact that the time has arrived when the institution of ‘Limited’ expresses on the Rotorua line is fully warranted. A de luxe train, giving rapid transport, is justified by the fact that Rotorua is world-renowned, and consequently the train which serves it should be the classic train of the Dominion. Moreover, with the rising standard of demand as regards passenger services, it is no longer possible to make the same trains cater both for through long distance traffic and local traffic, as has hitherto been attempted by the Rotorua expresses—especially between Frankton and Rotorua.

Replete With Every Comfort for the Traveller. (Rly. Publicity photo.) The exterior of the Observation Car on the new “Auckland-Rotorua Limited Express.”

Replete With Every Comfort for the Traveller.
(Rly. Publicity photo.)
The exterior of the Observation Car on the new “Auckland-Rotorua Limited Express.”

“Steps have been taken to make the Rotorua services worthy of the Dominion, and I think that the new ‘Rotorua Limiteds,’ with their thoroughly modern cars, equipped with observation compartments and the other modern improvements, and timed on a fast schedule, will do much to advertise the Dominion and create a favourable impression amongst visitors from overseas as well as among our own people, regarding the quality of service the railways of this country can supply. We have endeavoured to do this, not by sacrificing the local traffic, but by speeding up the through train and putting on trains for the local traffic acting by way of feeder trains to the ‘Limited’ expresses that will give the local residents quite a reasonable service.

“It is in order to provide a train service equal to the most exacting modern demands that the ‘Rotorua Limiteds' are being inaugurated, and that so much care and attention has been devoted to the building of suitable vehicles and the provision of other train requirements.

“A great deal of attention has been paid to the time at which these trains should leave and arrive, and I think that the arrangements now made are in every sense suitable, and consequently I have no hesitation in commending them to the people of the Dominion. The present intention is to commence running these ‘Limited’ expresses as from the 5th May, 1930.”