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

Fares on Fast and Luxurious Trains

Fares on Fast and Luxurious Trains.

In many parts of the world it is common for a railway passenger to be called upon to pay an additional fee for travel by certain crack trains. In Europe “limited” trains have not until recently been operated in large numbers, but the practice of running this class of train now appears to be growing. Within the past year or so, Britain has put into service a number of trains which are only available for the passenger who is willing to pay a surcharge over the ordinary rail fare, most of these trains being especially luxurious or especially fast.

On the Continent the practice of charging an extra fare for travel by fast train is everywhere growing. In Italy, for example, one now finds no less than six distinct classes of passenger train. These are respectively the “Di Lusso,” the “Inter
A Hive of Locomotive Industry. The vast machine shop at Crewe, Locomotive Works, England.

A Hive of Locomotive Industry.
The vast machine shop at Crewe, Locomotive Works, England.

national,” the “Direttisimi,” the “Diretti,” the “Accelerati” and the “Omnibus.” On one kind of train a passenger may travel only if he possesses a first-class ticket; on another a third-class passenger will be taken aboard only after paying a stipulated surcharge; and so on. It is all very confusing and annoying to the stranger, and it seems a pity that some simplification of passenger classification cannot be accomplished in Italy and other European lands. The ideal basis would seem to be to have one standard charge for rail travel, and another somewhat higher rate for especially luxurious accommodation.

A Railway Sound Picture

The Pennsylvania News reports that “The Broadway Limited,” a moving picture film with sound effects just completed by the Pennsylvania Railroad, had its initial showing in Philadelphia, U.S.A., on 12th October, 1929. The new picture depicts a trip on the world famous P.R.R. flyer between New York, Philadelphia and Chicago, and reveals many of the interesting operating details which surround the movement of the train.