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WILTON COLLIERIES.

USE OF BAILWAY; SECURED*

WORK TO COMMENCE SHORTLY.

At a meeting of directors of Wilton Collieries, Limited, the chairman, Mr. Hendry Luke, reported having completed on behalf of tho company the purchase of one half-share in the Waipa Coal Company's railway and rolling stock, which at present solves that company's mine at . Glodi Massey. It v?as stated that the railway, which joins the Government system afc Ngaruawahia, is about six miles long. It is laid to Government standard, and is in first-class order.

The chairman said that it was the intention to lay down a light railway to connect the mine with tho W»jpa railway, a distance- of about two miles, and tlio mine would be opened at tho northern end where the coal seam was about nine feet thick. The original scheme for transporting the coal by aerial ropeway had, on the advice of experts, been abandoned, and shareholders could rejffc assured that the change was in the best interests of all concerned. The company's engineers were at pro* sent engaged in surveying tba light line and obtaining the necessary data preparatory to calling tenders for the work. The light railway crossed a property over which the company held an option to purchase. The option would be completed in the near future, and would thus obviate heavy royalty charges and at the., same time secure a large quantity of mining timber so necessary to operations. There was also a considerable of good coal on that place, making It iaipeiativa that the: company should own the property. It was tho intention to commence work on tho screens site and siding and the light railway simultaneously, in order that those works should be completed at about the same time.. It was confidently expected that the company would be in a position to market coal within twelve months from date.' The opening of the mine at the north-, era end would be of considerable benefit, inasmuch as the miners would .hava * much shorter distance. to. tre.yel, and greater use could be made of the present ; or existing township of Glen JilasseyV Shareholders would appreciate the posi-. tion when they realised that under th» original scheme considerably, more expenditure would have been required to pro* vide housing (or miners than waa at pre-, sent contemplated,

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WILTON COLLIERIES., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVI, Issue 20378, 5 October 1929

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WILTON COLLIERIES. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXVI, Issue 20378, 5 October 1929

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