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Private Sidings and Stores on Railway Lines.

: (from a correspondent.) Wellington, July 11. A deputation of M.H.R.'s representing agricultural constituencies, waited on the Railway Commissioners to-day to urge on them more liberal concessions to persons desirous of constructing private sidings and grain stores in country districts. Present—Messrs Lance, E. Richardson, Ward, Valentine, Buxton, T. MacKenzie, John MacKenzie, Major Steward, Duncan, Verrall, Saunders, Sir John Hall, and W. C. Walker. An apology for Mr Rhodes was received. Mr Walker explained the object of the deputation. The experience of the last seascn showed that, under favorable conditions of weather for threshing and delivery, the rolling stock was not able to cope with the quantities of grain requiring haulage. With reasonable concessions the Department would find the farmer willing to relieve the pressure by the erection of sidings and grain stores At present the conditions offered were not satisfactory. The Victorian conditions were much more so. He urged the Commissioners to reconsider their conditions, and endeavor to make them more attractive in the interests of the Department and the producers. Mr McKerrow stated that the Commissioners were proposing a vote to enable them to erect stores where advisable. It was pointed out that by granting more favorable terms the vote might be. largely dispensed with. In many localities a store opened by the Department could only store for a limited time, and subject to demurrage charges. Stores built by private individuals would hold grain till the owners desired to forward it for shipment. SirJ. Hall, Messrr Buxton, Steward, MeKenzie, Saunders, and others supported the views of the deputation. Mr McKerrow promised best consideration, and suggested that a nominal rent charge, fixed tenure, and refund of prime cost would appear to meet the deputation's views. • The Commissioners would endeavor to try the experiment of amending the present conditions in that direction, in the hope that farmers and others would avail themselves of them. After a short discussion as to the present inconveniences of the hours of the Christchurch-Dunedin express, its inconvenient selection of stopping plac*r, bad lights supplied in carriages, etc,, (which points the Commissioners promised to consider) the deputation thanked the Commissioners for their couretsy, And withdrew.

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Private Sidings and Stores on Railway Lines., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890

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Private Sidings and Stores on Railway Lines. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890