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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 2 (May 1, 1940.)

The Railways “Deliver the Goods.”

The Railways “Deliver the Goods.”

Smoothly and efficiently the Home railways continue to carry on. Railway transport is essential in peace and vital in war, and it is in very fine fashion our railwaymen keep on “delivering the goods.” Admiration is almost everywhere expressed of the wonderful work of the group lines, and, although passenger trains have in certain cases been withdrawn and running speeds reduced, it is recognised that these slight inconveniences are inevitable to enable the railways to concentrate on the major task before them—that of handling swiftly and silently the enormous Government business of every kind. The heavy official demands made upon the railways may well be imagined. The job of moving men and supplies for the Navy, Army and Air Force is a prodigious task in itself. Then there is the enormous volume of traffic in and out of the munition works. Since the beginning of the war, contracts have been placed by the Government for guns, shells and equipment to the value of £234,000,000; a score of new ordnance factories have been constructed; and the premises of three hundred individual armament suppliers extended. It is no exaggeration to say that the Home railways play a vital role in every major and minor action in which our Forces engage, and it is with pride and confidence railwaymen continue to do their bit in liberty's struggle.