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SANDSTONE RAILWAY -I,- ^

? ^ ? WORST BRANCH LINE IN STATE THE COMMISSIONER'S VIEW

'From the financial viewpoint, the Sandstone railway is, the worst branch line in the State,' said the Commis sioner of Bailways (Mr. E. A- Evans), when informed of the feeling at Sand stone against the closing of the line. 'At the present time,' Mr. Evaus continued, 'the Sandstone line is-

badly in need of repairs and niaiulcn auce work, which my department simply cannot afford- Consequently. I had n«. alternative, after inspecting tlie per manent way. but to inform the Black Kauge Road Board that, al the end of the present wool season, the line would lie closed. 1 also informed the Board that- the continuance of the ^ervieo as i'a»- us Paynesville would depend upon gold mining development at Y'ouaniue. 'Practically all the ivveiiue froai i he Sandstone line is derived from the carriage of wool, and this is not nearl* sufficient to meet running costs, apaii from iutciv.-t on the capital initially invested. The loss is increased by moror competition. So that tbe Black Kan go Road Board would not be com pelled to clear a fresh track for motor traffic, my department some years ago acceded to the Board's request that a track beside the railway line, built at the expence of my department, should be opened to road traffic. Sinc^ then that track has been used by motor trucks carrying wool in --omp»v tition with the railways.'

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