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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 13, Issue 11 (January 1, 1939)

Camping Coaches Popular

Camping Coaches Popular.

Preparations for the summer holiday season are being steadily made by the Home railways. A feature of the holiday programme will be the placing at public disposal of a greatly increased number of camping coaches, this facility introduced in 1933, having grown in popularity by leaps and bounds. Some 385 camping coaches will this summer be available in different holiday districts, the weekly rent of a coach for a party of six varying from £2/10/- to £5/-/-, this including all equipment, bed linen, lights, etc. For the 1938 season, more than 3,800 weekly tenancies were booked in England, 875 in Scotland, and 200 in Northern Ireland, and already the whole of the available stock of camping coaches has been booked up for next August Bank Holiday week. The coaches are placed in particularly picturesque seaside and inland centres, enabling holiday-makers to choose a district where their particular desires or hobbies can be well satisfied. The areas covered include many places where opportunities abound for such pursuits as riding, golfing, fishing, swimming, and mountaineering. Holiday-makers renting the coaches must travel to and from their vacation point by rail, and the scheme has been the means of attracting much valuable business.