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Kaikoura Coast Rail Rebuild

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:03 pm
by Islander
Apart from a brief story on One news there has not been much news about progress on the rebuild of the rail link.
Does anyone have any updates on this?

Re: Kaikoura Coast Rail Rebuild

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:22 pm
by grunter
Reopened as far as Grassmere in the last few days. Been plenty of releases and coverage on stuff- ... the-trains.
And: Otago Daily Times: ... rogressing
And: ... ne-repairs

Re: Kaikoura Coast Rail Rebuild

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:27 pm
by grunter
And this release on KR's own website; ... nheim.html

Re: Kaikoura Coast Rail Rebuild

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:30 pm
by Islander
Thanks for that.
My thought is that it would be great for any news / photos that are available to be posted as there is not too much in the media.

Re: Kaikoura Coast Rail Rebuild

PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:17 pm
by locost_bryan
Weekly updates here.

Re: Kaikoura Coast Rail Rebuild

PostPosted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:02 pm
by royce
Is there any information on volumes of freight moving on coastal shipping versus whats moving on the inland road.
Would be good to have some sort of picture of pre and post earthquake movements by mode.

Re: Kaikoura Coast Rail Rebuild

PostPosted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:39 pm
by royce
I recently traveled between Christchurch and Auckland on Bus, Ferry and Train. On the bus I witnessed a large number of trucks on the alternative route. Some of these were carrying Mainfreight 20 foot containers and the 24 foot red curtain side rail containers also other forty footers and some miscellaneous rail containers. In the Wellington rail yards I spotted the road train trailers which are used too load containers onto the two ferries which are not fitted out for rail wagons.No sign these are being used at this stage. I expect in late June interisland freight is quite limited. The Aratere was filled with rail wagons though and a couple of DX,s were dragging them through to Spring Creek. I am interested to know what the economics of the road bridging is but will probably never know. However obviously the freight companies don't consider it worth there while to unpack the containers onto conventional trucks. Or maybe there isn't the space or facilities to do this at spring creek. I don't suppose I will ever know the answer to that.
In Timaru I saw Golden Bay Cement containers on rail with Toll trucks delivering them too Washdyke. I expect they may have come from Auckland to Washdyke on Coastal shipping before being transferred on to rail for delivery south.
Another Interesting traffic which I had forgotten about is fertiliser from the Ballance plant near Bluff to there store in Washdyke. CF wagons two on one train and three on another.
To finish off at the Timber Mill between Karioi and Waiouru a south bound train was sitting in the siding while sawn timber was being loaded onto flat top wagons. I was so surprised I forgot to take a photo even though I had my phone in my hand. I wonder where the timber is going.

Re: Kaikoura Coast Rail Rebuild

PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 1:35 pm
by locost_bryan,news.html

Today’s welding of the line, linking up the railway between Picton and Christchurch is a huge milestone nine months after the November 14 earthquake and a credit to the more than 1500 people involved in the project KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says.

"Our world-class engineers and a team of New Zealanders from all over the country, working for KiwiRail, NZTA and other contractors in the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery alliance, have made this happen, and it is all of New Zealand who will benefit.

"Over the whole project – road and rail – an average of 150,000 person hours are being worked each month.

"On the rail side 150 kilometres of line has been tamped and made ready for trains. Five thousand new concrete sleepers have been laid, the formation under 12 km of track has been rebuilt, and 5km of track has been realigned.

"The progress we have made to date is also due to the local community and the goodwill they have shown. The support of the people of Kaikoura, and the others up and down the line, for the rebuild has made our work easier.

"This has been a mighty effort, and the reward is that the track should open to freight within a month, well ahead of schedule.

"The initial opening is a restricted one, with low-speed, low-frequency services, and a sizeable amount of work remains to return the line to its pre-quake state.

"Freight services will initially run at night so that work on the rail and road networks can continue during the day.

"The line is an important part of our network, especially for connecting the country for our customers.

"It will also take pressure off the alternate road, which has been the main route to shift freight south since the earthquake.

"Even with the restrictions that will be in place, we still expect that up to 2000 trucks a month could be taken off the roads," Mr Reidy says.