August 14, 1937
The Railway Company’s Mystery Tours, both by rail and road, are proving a great attraction, to city people especially, who are enabled to see a lot of country for a trifle.
On one of the rail tours lately the Company had to run three trains to accommodate all who turned up.
We forget what town it was that that particular tour brought the city folks to.
We daresay that meant to that little town the expenditure by visitors of a couple of hundred pounds, more or less; and though every tour may not be as well patronised as that one, there is still an opportunity for making a bit of money by providing teas and light refreshments.
As it cannot resonably be expected that a small town can without notice, cater for a thousand visitors, we are sure the railway people will drop a hint beforehand in the right quarters, so that out visitors may not have to go home hungry.
The rail tours necessarily bring folks ti a town only, since they halt there for about four hours usually, they have opportunity to visit places of interest in the immediate neightbourhood.
But the Company also arranges rail-and-road tours, picking up the passengers at a convenient station and using their fleet if buses to introduce them to scenic beauties that are “off the line” such as out Cooley peninsula affords.
When the railways were being contructed the engineers laid their line along the shortest distance between given points.
They had no eye for the beauties of Nature - both eyes being rivetted to the theodolite (or whatever it is).