David Killick's opinion piece in The Press (17/09/14)

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David Killick's opinion piece in The Press (17/09/14)

Postby madras » Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:16 pm

http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/perspective/10507219/Hitting-the-track-a-smooth-option

OPINION: Do you want to go on a train ride? Not in a carriage, but up front in the cab with the driver.

You bet, I replied when locomotive engineer Andy Miles asked me if I would like to ride with him on a freight train from Christchurch to Kaikoura and back.

Andy has been in the loco service since 1981 and is familiar with every curve, slope, bridge, tunnel, and level crossing on the track in Canterbury. He has also witnessed the waves of restructuring that have left rail much diminished since its glory days.

Nonetheless, Andy believes rail still has loads of potential, both for freight and passengers. The trip will show me how easy and practical a commuter rail service could be for Christchurch and Canterbury....


Addington <-> Rangiora in 30 mins? Surely there is a market for a service that can do that.
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Re: David Killick's opinion piece in The Press (17/09/14)

Postby john-ston » Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:44 pm

madras wrote:Addington <-> Rangiora in 30 mins? Surely there is a market for a service that can do that.


Problem is that the author was in a freight train that didn't stop. A passenger train would stop at several stations.
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