WJJJLMNGaON-AUOKLAND. MEETING PUBLIC CONVENIENCE. STATEMENT BY MINISTER,
The Hon. J. G. Crates (Minister of Railways) stated'to a Wellington. Post reporter that ittiiad, now been decided to inaugurate the Limited Main Trunk j express cervices from Auckland and; Wellington as from the loth December. These expresses will leave Auckland and Wellington at 7.10 o'clock each! evening except Saturdays, arriving at their destinations about 9.30 a.m. the following day. The "Limited" from Auckland replaces the .present ordinary Main Trunk express during the holiday season, and the ordinary express will leave Auckland half an hour later. The "Limited" from- Wellington will replace the train that leaves Thorndon during the holidays at 8.85 .p.m., the ordinary express leaving at 12.45 p.m., as. at present. The decision to run the "Limited" at night has been arrived at after ..very careful consideration, as the Minister was of the opinion that it would mo'rei satisfactorily meet the convenience of the travelling public and enable business men to travel between Auckland and Wellington and return with the loss of only one working day. Further! advantages of the niglit "Limited" are the splendid connection^ at junctions for the various districts'? For instance the night "Limited" from Wellington! can collect passengers from the afternoon Wairana,pa train to Wellington. The train leaving Thorndon for Palmer-, sto-n North at 5.55 p.m. can pick up passengem en route who may desire to join the "Limited at Palmers-ton. Connection is also made at Pahner.ston North with the evening trains in from the Waipara,p» and Hawke's Bay. On arrival at Frankton a more convenient connection is made with the morning trains-to Thames and Rotorua, enabling passengers to reach the latter station by lunch-time. The night "Limited" from Auckland has the same advantages, as'passengers from Thames and Rotorua, by the evening trains can join the "Limited" at Frankton Junction, and passengers for Hawkes Bay and Wairaraipa, can change at Palmerston North into the morning trains for those districts. Naturally it will be necessary to give long-distance passengers precedence in booking for the "Limited" expresses, but ample time will be given in whioh passengers may secure accommodation. The trains will be limited to nine coaches and one van. Owin/z to the proximity of the Christmas hoi id-ays, it is quite impossible to rearrange express iservioes to provide a day exoress. but it has been, decided after the rush of traffic is over to endeavour to. recast, the time-tables of the ordinary Main Trunk expresses providing for their departure at about 8 p.m. from Wellington and Auckland, and re'ln.p'"nnr their running time from 18 to 16 hours. This, if nraHiiciWe. r»nrl the continuation, of tli« "Limiiterl" i,» instifiH by fh*> trnffe. will moan ih r<h i.hora will hr> two exprp,c,c-e S from Auckland and Wellington daily. -
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"LIMITED" EXPRESS., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLVIII, Issue XLVIII, 2 December 1924
"LIMITED" EXPRESS. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLVIII, Issue XLVIII, 2 December 1924
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