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THE MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS

HON. J. A. MILLAR INTERVIEWED. TRAFFIC OX THE MAIN TRUNK ;;_ ;;■ • UNE. : EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS. TROUT FISHING AT TATJPO. The Hon. J. A. Millar, Minister for Railways, arrived from Taupo by the Rotorua express last evening, and took up his quarters at the Grand Hotel. In conversation with a representative of the "Auckland Star" this morning, Mr. Millar said that he had felt run down, and therefore went to Taupo for a few days' rest. "Did you have a chance to see Ngauruhoe at work 1" "Yes, I saw the big' burst up last •Thursday. It was a most magnificent display. I do not think that Waimangu was higher. Of course, I was a good distance away, but itlmust have gone up three" "or four thousand feet." "Are you able yet to state how the traffic on the through line from Auckland to Wellington is shaping?" "Well, I can tell you at once that the traffic on the Main Trunk railway has, so far, exceeded all expectations. The question is whether it will continue at the present rate, or is it merely the novelty of the new route that is appealing to the jpeople. During the last four weeks, in addition to the trucks that are being built here, I have had to transfer fifty from Wellington section and also to ship up another fifty from Dunedin. These are all for either the Main Trunk line traffic 6r for the Auckland section of our railways. There are another fifty wagons to-- come from Dunedin, which were intended for the Hurunui-Bluff, but the pressing needs of the traffic in the Auckland district has necessitated the transfer of these wagons to this end. In order to cater for the coal trade, which is growing eteadily in the Auckland district, we nave also taken twentyfive of the large 30-ton timber trucks and put sidee on them, which will make provision for the carriage of about 750 tons of coal. You see, the opening of the through line is causing the coal from this district to be sent down to places it did not reach before, and the extra wagons are needed. I took advantage of the dullness in the timber trade to use these wagons to meet the growing needs in other directions. . If the present traffic on the through line may be taken as a fair indication for the future, there is going to be very heavy business done. As far as the passenger traffic is concerned; I learned that .last Friday there were 20 carriages when the express reached Frankton, and in all of them the people were standing up. In addition to the express, we have already to run- about three specials every week. It has taken all our time to find the requisite haulage power. It is taxed to the utmost just now, but this will be remedied as we get the other seven new engines that are being built by Messrs. Price, of the Thames" "Will that take long?" "We are getting a new locomotive from Prices every six weeks. I may say also that the engines built by Price are doing really good work. In traction power and saving of fuel and water, they prove superior to any other type we have built. I can tell you that this through service is going to cause great development in this end of the country." "Did you have gand sport at Taupo?" "Yes, the rainbow trout there are the finest I have ever seen in New Zealand. They are as fat as butter, and I saw one trout weighing 191bs caught, and another 17Jlbs. Personally, I caught one weighing 151bs, and another a pound lighter. The lake is simply with fish, but the biggest this year were caught down at Tokaanu. Still, in all parts of the lake you can get fish from lOlbs up to as high as 201bs in weight. Up at Tongariro the brown trout can be got weighing 301bs. There is one point I-would like to emphasise, and it is this, that I consider unless the Acclimatisation Society—which body has charge of the fishing on the rivers and lakes vrithdraws the right to trail lines within a given distance of the mouths of rivers fly-fishing will be spoilt. Trailing the lines behind with a big minnow for bait is not fishing for sport, and what is worse it disturbs the trout and they go right out. This should be prohibited within say 200 or 300 feet of the mouth of a creek or river."

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THE MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 89, 15 April 1909

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