Reader goes off over timetable
OFFICIALLY opened on Monday, December 16, 1907, by Minister for Railways, Hon Mr Walter Trueman Paget, the service attracted mixed publicity in its first week.
On Tuesday, December 17, 1907, the Maryborough Chronicle said the first train was run through to the new terminus “without ceremony on Saturday” and enterprising Mr George Bates, “the well-known coach proprietor, announces in this issue that all trains will now be met at the railway station”.
The following day a letter to the editor, signed “Disgusted”, claimed poor notice of the timetable.
“The unfortunate dairymen who live eight or 10 miles away from the line will be the sufferers in this case, as they would be in on last Friday with their cream and then again on Monday, getting their Saturday’s mail at the same time, and will to their sorrow, in most cases find the train gone, so that Friday night’s cream will have to stop at the station till Wednesday’s train, and in this hot weather the cream will be “high” in quality if not in price.
“The Railway Department have just about enough brains to manage a lolly shop.”
In reply to the “valid complaint”, the editor said the timetable appeared in the Saturday Chronicle, but readers of the weekly “Colonial” newspaper would not have received due notice.
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