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Diamond Jubilee of the Ohinemuri County 1885 - 1945

Paeroa Junction

NATURAL RAIL HEAD

Striking evidence of the rural wealth of the Ohinemuri and Hauraki Plains Counties, of which Paeroa is the natural centre, is to be found in the New Zealand Government Railways Statement for traffic and revenue for the year ended March 31, 1945, issued by the Railways Department. The following statistics bear witness to the importance of Paeroa as a commercial centre, and also to the exceptionally high productivity of the farming districts the town serves. A comparison with the figures for the year 1930 indicate the rapid progress made in the last 15 years.

From Paeroa Junction.

Year ended March 31.

 

1945.

1930.

Cattle and- calves

42,376

19,875

Sheep and pigs

30,564

23,616

Passengers

43,442

34,497

Total revenue

£29,389

£17,135

Total inward revenue

£27,918

£13,176

Paeroa Junction has the distinction of being second on the list of stations in New Zealand for the number of cattle and calves railed last year; Morrinsville was first with 58,098.

Inward traffic to Paeroa Junction for the year ended March 31, 1945, includes 3444 cattle and calves, 7332 sheep and pigs.

Paeroa-Pokeno Line

There is every prospect of the work on the Paeroa- Pokeno line being resumed at a very early date, and that it will be completed in the near future. When that line is open Paeroa Junction will have the unique position of being the only four-line junction in New Zealand.