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ADDINGTON INQUIRY.

t ■ ■- QUESTION OF DISCIPLINE.

/By Telegraph-—Press Association.)

CHRISTCHURCH, Monday.

The Addington inquiry was resumed , when John Spencer Clarke, foreman fitter, said he had been in all the leree sl"°P 3 in tiie Doininion . an d the discipline at Addington was as good as aiif other shop he had been in. He had abt seen any loafing or idling at Addington. The plant at the new locomotive luUding worked satisfactorily, a s far as it went, hut better lifting facilities were jequired. William H. Cole, foreman blacksmith at Addington, said he served his apprenticeship at the Ashford Works ot " ihe South-Eastern Railway Company, end also had experience in Xew .Zealand before joining the Government shops. Bis staff of smiths at Addington was the finest staff in New Zealand. He had also a good staff in the forge department. The output of the work now was jnuch more up-to-date than it ever was "Siefore. "2obert D. MeEwan, a turner at Addingion, said he had previously worked en the Clyde, and could say that the jnen on the Clyde worked harder than those at Addington. That was the result of the bonus system entirely. The turners at Addington were quite on a par With the Clyde men, but the quality of the work on the Clyde wa* falling rapidly as a result of the bonus system. The quality of work at Addington was better than that turned out at the Clyde. George Edward Richardson, workshops manager at Addington, said he had been 25J years in the service, and had been 15 months at Addington. He had also

lieen manager of other workshops. The staff at Addington generally was most efficient, and he had not seen any loaifing. A new shop should be erected for the construction of new locomotives. He Jiad found no., difficulty in maintaining discipline at Addington. The plant was generally efficient, but more highspeed steel lathes were wanted, also improved lifting gear. Work was laid out in the best possible way to get it through in the shortest time, and at least cost. Considerable improvements had been made in the points and crossings shop since he had been at Addington, and the-out-put had been materially increased nnd the cost reduced. The last three of the Addington engines were similar to those fcuilt by Price Brothers, of Thames. The

net; cost, including Westinghouse brakes i and painting, was £4,350, whereas the | contract price was £3,998, to which had to be added £210 for brakes and £20 for painting, making a total of £4,228. Six of the W.F. engines had been built at Hillside, but Addington had supplied some of the parts. At this stage the inquiry was adjourned.

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ADDINGTON INQUIRY., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 64, 16 March 1909

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ADDINGTON INQUIRY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 64, 16 March 1909

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