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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 3 (June 1, 1937)



It has been well said that success is constitutional—that it depends on a plus condition of mind and body, on powers of work and on courage.

It is fortunate for a business or a country when its leaders possess this constitutional quality, for the difference in the comparative progress of the various nations, measured over a long period of time, may be judged as much by the leaders they have thrown up, thrown off, acclaimed or tolerated as by the economic advantages with which nature has endowed them.

In business it is, of course, the plus constitutional condition of one individual over another that makes the difference between success and failure in those contests where the chances in other respects are equal. The constitutionally strong eat well, sleep well and let worry take care of itself. They are consequently in good shape to handle simply and clearly all problems as they arise, and the driving force of their plus attributes makes them bold in experiment and venturesome in enterprise, and it is from experiment and enterprise that all progress arises.

The new railway station which will this month commence to serve Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, as the main centre of the Dominion's transport, is in itself a sign of success. It is one of those striking physical indications of progress that plants a significant mile-peg on the track of Dominion development.

More particularly is it a tribute to the work of railwaymen throughout the three-quarters of a century since railways commenced operating in this country.

There will be a record of this progress published during the current month, wherein the development of every branch of the service will be briefly recorded; but in this month of public and railway rejoicing over the new railway station opening, some thought can rightly be spared for those sons of the rail who, through every kind of adversity, have kept unshaken their faith in the railways as a public service of vital value to the progress of the country. It is well, also, to think of those great leaders who, gaining control over the destinies of the railways through personal merit, have guided the system safely and surely to its present high place in public service and esteem.

Measured by any standard, the railways of this country hold their own with those of other countries; but when the local problems of construction, maintenance and the size and distribution of population are considered, their achievement is seen to be even more remarkable and is a tribute to the high virtue, constitutional strength, courage and enterprise of those who have made, maintained, worked and controlled them.