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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 8 (February 1, 1933)

A Fine Freight Train Performance

A Fine Freight Train Performance.

While passenger business is now at its height, the Home railways are not neglecting the freight side. Goods trains all over Britain are being accelerated, and the examination of the current time-books reveals some remarkably fast running.

An Anglo-Irish Travel Link. L.M. and S. “Irish Mail” arriving at Holyhead from London.

An Anglo-Irish Travel Link.
L.M. and S. “Irish Mail” arriving at Holyhead from London.

Between Camden Station, London, and Edge Hill, Liverpool, the London, Midland and Scottish Company is running a daily non-stop freight service covering the 191 miles without a single stop. Between King's Cross Station, London, and Glasgow and Aberdeen, the London, and North Eastern line operates what is probably the fastest freight train in the world. This averages 43 miles an hour over the 334 ¾ miles separating London from Berwick-on-Tweed. Between Peterborough and York, on the southern section of the route 112 miles are covered non-stop at 44 m.p.h. The longest through freight train at Home runs from Aberdeen to London, 545 miles. Freight despatched from Aberdeen at 9.35 a.m. is unloaded in London at 11.25 p.m. the same day—a truly fine performance, of which any country might well be proud. Freight train time-tables are now issued by the Home railways to the public in just the same manner as passenger train time-tables. One system—the Great Western—has introduced an arrangement of guaranteed arrivals, and each of the group lines takes immense pains to ensure punctual freight train running.