Cheers for the photos RR - nice to see!
captgs wrote:Are these people crazy??
Hardly likely tracks will get built over a 4 lane highway anytime soon.
Tracks won't get laid at all. Rotorua has spoken - they don't see any need for rail to their city, and it's all but been removed as a result.
When you've got a tourist destination like this, a really good idea is to have a centralised transport centre - where buses, trains, taxis and
coaches all meet (with a shuttle to the airport).
Rotorua City Council was a bit near-sighted. If they'd lobbied and worked with the previous incarnations of KiwiRail such a centre could
have existed, and brought tourists in from the main centres of the North Island.
We can be thankful that the Rotorua line wasn't pulled up completely, so there is some hope for the future.
However, they've disconnected it from the city and effectively built out so there is now little prospect of it ever reaching the CBD again.
Another nail in the coffin of NZ railways.