[From Our Own Correspondent.]
WELLINGTON, October 2. The Railway Department has been ad.viaed of a serious slip on the Wairarapa line near Rimutaka, which will cause an interruption through traffic for some days. The accident at the' railway crossing near the Auckland stattion emphasises the danger to wheeled traffic while the Dunedin station remains on its present site. The Dunedin people ought to agitate strongly and promptly that their long-promised station should be built forthwith. If representations from the proper quarter be made as to the necessity for this important work, the Minister of Railways might be induced, out of the vote of £200,000 which he is asking Parliament for, to set aside a sum “to put this much*needed building in. bund next year.
To meet the convenience of the people in the Lakea district, representations on whose behalf have been made by Mr Fraser, member for the district, the suggested railway time-table between Dnnedin and Invercargill is being remodelled, and when brought into operation, which will probably be about the middle of December, it will be found that an express service has at last been established. The times are not definitely fixed, but I learn that the proposal is as follows : —The train now leaving Dunedin at 8.5 am. and arriving at Invercargill at 3.50 p.m, will not depart till 9 5, and will reach Invercargill at 3.40; while the up train in place of leaving Invercargill at 11.40 a.m. will probably take its departure at 11.15, and while it now arrives at 7 5 p.m. will in future reach Dunedin at 5.10. In other words, the journey from Invercargill will take 5h 55min instead of 7h 25min, as at present. The crossing place will be at Waipahi, so as to better serve travellers by the Tapanui line. Several of the wayside stations will have to be passed by the through trains, but to meet the convenience of residents there, trains will be despatched for Clinton from both Invercargill and Dunedin daily, departing in each instance an hour in advance of the express, and returning behind it. These alterations will coat several thousands per annum to give effect to, but, having given the matter very serious consideration, the Minister considers that the expenditure will be fully justified, in view of the increased settlement and consequently increased traffic that it will encourage. .
[Pee United Press Association.] WELLINGTON, Octobee 2. A big slip came down this morning at the Summit on the Wairarapa line, and it will take two or three days to clear it away. The passenger traffic is not seriously interfered with, as trains run to each side of the obstruction and passengers and mails are transferred. The slip took place in the rocky cutting about a mile south of the Summit.
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RAILWAY TROUBLES., Evening Star, Issue 10435, 2 October 1897
RAILWAY TROUBLES. Evening Star, Issue 10435, 2 October 1897
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