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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 5 (September 1, 1929)

Railway Efficiency Appreciated

Railway Efficiency Appreciated

G.P.O. Box 1133, Auckland, July 18, 1929.

The Honourable Mr. W.B. Taverner, Minister of Railways,


Dear Sir.–

You would do me a great favour if you would allow me to express to you, not only on my behalf, as Organising Secretary for the “Emden” Reception Committee in Auckland, but also on behalf of Mrs. Thedens, my sincere thanks for the courtesy which you have shown in issuing invitations to us during our stay in Wellington while the German cruiser “Emden” was there.

Your generosity has greatly contributed in making our sojourn in your city a most pleasant one, and I respectfully ask you to convey our most hearty thanks to the Officers of your Department who co-operated so successfully that I do not wish to miss this opportunity to congratulate you upon their efficiency.

It would please me very much if you would consider my services at your entire disposal at any time that occasion might present itself.

I have the honour to be, dear Sir,

Yours faithfully,

(Sgd.) O.J. Thedens,

Austrian Trade Commissioner for New Zealand.

Each first-class car is fitted with a coupé to accommodate six passengers. These coupés have proved most popular on such trains as the “Golden Arrow,” which some consider to be the finest train in the world. Special attention has been given to the seating, which will be considerably more comfortable than our existing seats, being of the reversible type. They will have three positions, i.e., day, semi-lounge, and total recline. The metal work for the seats is being made of aluminium alloy, thus saving 501bs. in weight per seat as compared with the existing type. All seats are so arranged in the car as to give a clear view from the seat through the related window. The cars are fitted with atmospheric steam heating apparatus, and generous electric light and fans. Each car is fitted with a lavatory with hot and cold water. The whole of the water capacity, 160 gallons, is carried below the under-frame, and is raised by air pressure. Each vehicle of the train is sheathed with Vitron enamel plates. The object achieved by using this sheathing is that there is no painting required, the surfaces being easily cleaned by the use of a sponge and hose. The whole train will be finished in Midland Lake red. Another new feature is that for the first time in New Zealand automatic couplers will be used for the cars of the two trains.

At the end of each train is a specially constructed and generously equipped observation car. This car has windows 3ft. 6in. in width, it has a rounded glass end, and is furnished with lounge chairs.

Many improvements are being embodied in the second class cars. Each of the Rotorua Express services will consist of a total of eight vehicles.