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

Rising Popularity of the Railways

Rising Popularity of the Railways.

The following extracts from the editorial columns of the “Southland Times” are typical of current press opinion throughout New Zealand regarding railway progress in this country:—

“This general recognition of increased efficiency, of better service at more reasonable rates, has by no means been due entirely to improved rolling stock. Greater courtesy and more rational business methods on the part of the staff have played a big part in restoring popularity to the railways… . .

The heavy passenger traffic recorded on the principal lines during the holidays is not merely a reflection of better times, but is a definite indication that travelling by train is coming into favour again—a revival which should gratify taxpayers no less than departmental officers… .