The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 12 (March 1, 1935)
Because of the ever-growing popularity of night travel, the L. and N.E. Railway have recently introduced new sleeping-cars of an exceedingly comfortable type in their East Coast express services. Instead of one scheme of decoration being employed throughout each car, individual, decorative schemes have been adopted for the different pairs of compartments.
For the first car treated in this way, the colours are especially blended shades of blue, yellow, green and pink. Each berth is panelled out in mahogany to a height of 3ft. 6in. above the floor, with coloured walls up to the ceiling. The blankets in the different compartments are of colours to harmonise with the wall shades. Blue and fawn Wilton carpets are laid over sponge rubber to deaden sound, and all fittings- such as net racks- are chromium plated. Each compartment is furnished with three electric lights and heated by steam radiator, and every single piece of furnishing and equipment strikes a decidedly luxurious note. Third-class sleepers, run in the Anglo-Scottish services, are also being turned out on more luxurious lines. As a result, night bookings are increasing very materially, and in the busy summer season this spreading out of the passenger traffic over the twenty-four hours should prove of the greatest advantage in relieving congestion on the more popular daylight expresses.