chapter  XV
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The Railways and Their Road Transport Services

The railway companies have found the railhead system a valuable method of competing with road transport and in building up new business. The correlation of road and rail passenger services has made considerable progress, and the facilities offer a greatly improved transport service to the public which would be impossible if each were operated independently of the other. In contrast with the policy of combination with established road concerns on the passenger side, the railways have adopted a policy of providing road goods services of their own. The problems involved in the organization and operation of cartage services are problems of road transport economics rather than railway economics. The co-ordination of road and rail transport by means of extended collection and delivery services, containers, and railheads has been a most important development of rail transport, and it gives promise of great extension in the future.