If the Capital Connection is a proven, well used service, why then are Kiwirail considering killing it due to a lack of passengers?
Lack of passengers is not the issue. While there has been a patronage drop off since Waikanae electrification opened it is not the significant factor that pundits would have you believe. The issue is an internal accounting change that has seen a service that covered its costs overnight turn into a loss maker. What has happened since, in particular constant genset van breakdowns, seems only to be serving to attempt to push a preset process toward an ultimately pre-determined conclusion.
Some big questions should in particular be asked on what the locomotive hook and tow costs are, and how much they have gone up.