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

Impressive Figures

Impressive Figures

If brought together British railway tracks would stretch twice round the world. The number of passengers carried by the four main line groups each year is equivalent to 27 journeys for every man, woman and child in the British Isles, whilst the mileage run by passenger and freight trains annually is well over 400,000,000, or approximately equivalent to two journeys to the sun and back. Three-quarters of the coal produced in Britain is conveyed by rail, whilst 65,000,000 tons of stone, iron and other minerals and 60,000,000 tons of general goods, and some 300,000,000 gallons of milk are conveyed annually by rail.