The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, JUNE 25 1915. AKAROA RAILWAY EXTENSION.
We are pleased to note that tho Aka roa Railway Laaguo has approached the member for Eilesmere with regard to the utilising of Lake Coleridge electrical power for the extension of the ChiHfcbuicb Litrlo Hiver railway to Akaroa. The Hon. E Heaton Rhodes has found if; extremely difficult to obtain the promise made by the Minister of Public Work*, the Hon. Mi Fraser, to have .the lire surveyed, 1 i ; , according to the Minister'n state-nn-nt, the Department is very shore of urvyyors, But, no doubt, the survey a>lll be arranged for in the nmv future, and the league should uot rest i until such a step is taken by the Government. Until the survey is made, it is impossible to estimate the coat of a railway over the hilte, atid with this before them the League and our member, the Hon. K. H. Rhodes, would have invaluable data to work upon, The probable coet of a light line over the hills might paove that this extension of the line is not a very costly undertaking, especially if the Lake Coleridge electrical power ia utilised. The extension would be an invaluable asset to the bays district and Akaroa from the tourist point of view An electric railroad would also ne an experiment for this Dominion, and the Government, in extending the railway even as far as the head of the harbour, would have given electricity for railroad purposes a trial. If the Coleridge power can be utilised with SUCC3SS it would very much curtail the running expense of such a railway, and might lead to extensive results as far as the uss of electricity lor the railways in Canfcerbuy ia concerned. The Kail way League should revive its formation, and get a larger backing than it has at present. The money is accumulating for the exteneion of the Little Eiver line towards Akaroa, and the district has a perfect right to force its claims. The League should cer tainly be revived to a persistent cam paign of action, which would result, we are sure, in their getting much more recognition, If the League did this tbe district would back them up, and tbe Government would recognise that the Peninsula people were really in earnest in their request for the railway extension. As we stated be fore, however, the time ie hardly opportune to push our claims, as the war is occupying tbe attontion of all and the League should, as soon as the war is over, reorganise their forces and start a campaiga that will make fctie railway to Akaroa an accomplished fact. We are sure the Hon R- H, fcthodes will do everything in his power to help the League in their endeavours Mr Rhodes has ail tbe information in connection witb the undertaking, and would, no doubt, supply this to thp League upon their application The League could then place before those desiring to move in tbe matter tbe actual position with regard to tbe endowment moneys which are ac ciuing, and how far this would go toa aids paying the interest and sinking iundof the cost of the extension to Akaroa.