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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 1 (April 2, 1934.)

Rail-Road Co-ordination

Rail-Road Co-ordination.

In the field of rail-road co-ordination the most interesting and important of recent developments is the taking over by the four group railways of the two famous and old-established road transport undertakings of Carter, Paterson and Co., and Pickfords Ltd. The cost of purchase of these two firms runs into seven figures, and it has been shared equally by the four railway groups. Carter, Patersons specialised in the conveyance of parcels traffic, while Pickfords handled heavier and bulkier transits, furniture removals, and the like. The firm of Pickfords had its origin more than three hundred years ago. In the reign of Charles I. a Mr. Pickford commenced to carry goods from Manchester to nearby towns. Pack-trains were by degrees introduced in other parts of the country, and as more up-to-date forms of transport were devised Pickfords extended their ramifications accordingly. More than 7,000 men are employed by
Sleeping-car comfort on the L. & N.E. Railway.

Sleeping-car comfort on the L. & N.E. Railway.

Pickfords and Carter, Patersons combined, and as a result of the purchase of the two concerns the Home railways have acquired an additional 2,900 motor and horse-drawn road vehicles.