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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 8 (November 1, 1937)

Combined Rail and Road Services

Combined Rail and Road Services.

Door-to-door transport in the completest sense of the term is a feature of goods department working at Home. Over increasingly wide areas combined rail and road service is being provided and within the past year the number of railheads in country districts from which railway-owned road services are operated has grown from 1,750 to 2,680. Inclusive rates are quoted to cover combined rail and road haulage, and the road services are so arranged as to connect with the appropriate rail service. Station-to-station traffics constitute a large proportion of railway business, but so convenient are the road motor services of the railways proving, that more and more traders are arranging their transport upon an inclusive basis, by taking advantage of the elaborate collection and delivery services of the four group lines.

Southern Railway new London-Portsmouth Electric Express.

Southern Railway new London-Portsmouth Electric Express.

Freight traffic of every kind may now be handled by railway-owned road service, for the stock of road vehicles maintained by the groups includes every conceivable type, ranging from light delivery vans to special floats for machinery, plate-glass, and so on. There are specially-designed road motors for cattle conveyance and for the movement of valuable racehorses, while the ordinary road motors are supplemented by “mechanical horses” and other ingenious appliances for particular purposes.