Jonthekiwi wrote:Point 2 ... Not so sure on your facts there as it was Labour who took power in 1984 who ordered the EF's for delivery in 1988 right?
Electrification, including purchase of electric locomotives, was a National "think big" project.
DX's were ordered when and arrived when?
The DX's were built in 1971, after being ordered in 1970 under a National Government. The second batch was under Labour.
DSJ's were ordered when and arrived when?
Ordered 1983, under a National Government.
The DBR and DC rebuilds, DF's, DSG's, the Ganz units, etc, all came from National. The latest new locos (DL's) also required a National Government to get off the ground. Labour has a few under their belt, but traditionally, most new loco purchases are under National.
I don't think either main party is particularly pro-rail. They both need goading into spending on rail. New Zealanders enjoy the car culture, and government reflects that.