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

Attracting Business to the Rail

Attracting Business to the Rail.

Unfair road competition, which is hitting the Home railways so hard, has also seriously affected railway revenues in many continental lands. Because of changed conditions, railway managements are reorganising their operating sides, and in Holland and Belgium this move has been most striking. Electrification is one way in which the Dutch authorities are seeking to keep passenger traffic to rails. Another advance is the introduction of diesel railcars in place of the conventional heavy steam trains, while further economies are being secured by the closing down of many roadside stations.

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