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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 9 (January 1, 1930)

General Manager's Message — The Year In Retrospect

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General Manager's Message
The Year In Retrospect.

The year through which we have just passed has been one of steady progress in the development of our services in the direction of making them increasingly responsive to public requirements.

The passenger traffic throughout the peak period of the Christmas and New Year has been handled by the staff with care and an absence of serious delays through any defects in rolling stock or equipment, and once more we are in the happy position to record an immunity from serious personal accident to our passengers that is really remarkable.

During the year we have continued the progressive policy of catering for the public demand. To this end, we have made some progress in connection with facilities and more generous services, but more particularly am I gratified to see on all sides a very marked development in the will to serve. I have also had many communications, both verbal and in writing, affording me very tangible evidence in this connection. I feel that this is probably the aspect of our progress that has the greatest potentialities for success in the future, and the advance that we have made in this connection is proportionately gratifying to me.


In goods traffic we expect to have a very busy time during the next two months, and I would appeal to the users of railway waggons for further co-operation in discharging loads. Up to the date of our latest complete returns, the total tonnage of 5,302,999 conveyed during the current financial year exceeds that of last year by 220,813 tons, or by 4.34 per cent. Whilst we are doing our best to have the total waggon carrying capacity increased to a point justified by the expansion of goods traffic, it is felt that further effective action in the forward ordering and prompt release of vehicles is possible, and can be introduced with greater advantage to the despatch of business. I would make this appeal to all users of trucks to actively co-operate with us in this direction to their own benefit and ours.

We may expect during 1930 a larger proportion of passengers drawn from overseas, both as individual tourists and in groups of formally arranged parties. Among the first of the latter will be the important Empire Farmers’ party, which arrives next month, and has a comprehensive membership drawn from Great Britain, Canada, South Africa, and Australia.

A heavier business may also be anticipated in special excursion traffic.

Altogether, 1930 may be looked forward to with confidence in the general preparedness of the Department both as to the will to serve and the means to handle efficiently all the traffic available.

General Manager.

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Enginedriver and mate of the Commerce Train during a portion of the tour.

Enginedriver and mate of the Commerce Train during a portion of the tour.