What between the .action taken by the Wellington I.deal Industries Association as a body, and Mr. Vincent Dyke as an inquisitive member of Parliament, the public are now made aware by tbo Pail way Department; <>f some particulars regarding the A nrev:can locomotives and railway carri.i-.tLM imported ior use on the Sonth Island ibdhva s. And from an official memorandum drawn up by Mr. Maxwell, District Engineer, to whom the matter was referred, it appears that a superior article in locomotives could have been supplied at a lower price by a Glasgow firm, Messrs Neilson and Co., who have already built a large number of engines for the colony. The carriages supplied by American builders, and which are so greatly admired for their comfort and fittings, but which cannot get past Oamaru on account of their size, were, it is stated, not built according to specifications, as they have a larger sectional area than that described in the order sent to America for them, and what is worse, it appears uncertain if a penalty can now be inflicted for noneonipletiou of the contract. In the face of all this, further orders have been sent to America for a large class of goods engine. We are of opinion that English capitalists may well look upon New Zealand loans with some suspicion when they see the proceeds of these loans spent in the United States for more costly and less suitable articles than can be produced by our mother country, and in the face of great stagnation in the iron market, when every order for such articles would be welcome. As for the carriages, the wood work and fittings could be done in the colony fi r more substantially and cheaply, and we tiiink the Wellington Association deserves the thanks of artizans over all parts of the colony for ventilating the subject.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 26, 25 November 1879
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