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The Victorian Railways.

The Railway Commissioners, says the ‘ Age,’ are likely to bo speedily called upon to justify their continued existence. From all parts of the country come loud and bitter complaints of the negligence and incivility of the railway and the dirt and dilapidation of the carriages. It might have been supposed that State railways, which are worked at a profit, would afford facilities to the travelling public at least equal to those provided on private lines, but the Railway Department of this colony lies a long way behind the companies which own the railway lines in England and America. At,the time the Commissioners were appointed il vdst change in the demeanor of the railway employes occurred. Porters were civil and attentive, and actually were not above carrying the luggage of passengers. There evidently prevailed in their minds an idea that a stricter supervision was to be exercised, jind that the “Government stroke ” had to bb abandoned in favor of the mode of doing business in other walks of life. But the improvement did not last long. It was speedily discovered that the Commissioners did not count for much, that the management remained in the hands of the old officials, and was to be conducted on the old official lines. Mr Speight thinks that Victoria could give and America some “ wrinkles ” in railway management, and he is probably right, since an American or English railway director would only have to travel on our lines to see a system of railway management of which he would never have even dreamed.

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Evening Star, Evening Star, Issue 7980, 8 August 1889

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The Victorian Railways. Evening Star, Issue 7980, 8 August 1889