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

“A Social Atmosphere.”

“A Social Atmosphere.”

Speaking of the institution of the new Rotorua service when it was decided to build the trains, the General Manager, Mr. H. H. Sterling, said that it would “help the Department to compete successfully with road services that had come into the field recently over routes served by rail. We will be able to make the trip more interesting and convenient to through passengers than it could be by road. Where the density of traffic warrants it,” he said, “observation and coupé cars certainly can supply opportunities for either work or entertainment, that road services cannot provide. Music, reading, private business, discussions, or secretarial work are among the things that the new daylight passenger train rolling stock will make possible to travellers. With this we hope to build up a social atmosphere on our trains that better equipment, increased facilities for recreation, and higher standards of comfort will encourage.”