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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 9 (December 1, 1937.)

Railway Prosperity In Britain

Railway Prosperity In Britain.

Amerry Christmas to all our readers! Railwaymen everywhere have real reason for satisfaction in the results of their activities during the year now drawing to a close, and all may look forward with confidence to the months that lie ahead. A sure index to railway prosperity is found in the winter time-tables of the Home railways. In years gone by, when Old Man Depression stalked through the land, the winter passenger train services were often only a skeleton of the summer schedules. Now this is all changed, and on every main-line frequent and fast services are the order of the day.

Whether or not Europe is to “enjoy” an old-fashioned winter, with snow and ice everywhere abundant, remains to be seen. From the railwayman's viewpoint, severe climatic conditions are anything but welcome, for they naturally throw increased responsibility upon one and all. We are really very fortunate in Britain in this respect, for it is only on comparatively rare occasions, and on particularly isolated stretches of track, that such devices as the snow-plough have to be pressed into service. Scotland and Wales are two danger centres, where snow-ploughs are regularly required, and where special precautions have to be taken to keep the tracks clear.