royce wrote:Daniel wrote:That doesn't sound right. With DMU's or railcars you're using more engines for longer trains. With one locomotive hauling many carriages you've got the one engine dragging the same passenger capacity.
I'm pretty certain that Diesel locomotives are the best way to go about long-distance services with no/few intermediate stops.
I have found this article on the pro and cons of using DMU's versus locomotives.
Most countries seem to be moving towards DMU's.
Of course a modern DMU set would be much more fuel efficient than a locomotive hauled set especially one pulled by an elderly DC locomotive which is what Kiwirail would use if they were forced to reinstate the Southerner.
I understand Taieri Gorge Railway is interested in some type of railcar or DMU for this very reason.
grunter wrote:What it will come down to is what other services/operations does the company run? For a mixed operation, like Kiwirail, a locomotive hauling carriages by day and freight by night is the way to go, even if the cost of the passennger train is higher a little.
A specilist company running only passenger trains, has no use for the locomotives elsewhere, so DMU would be a better option for them.
What is happening overseas is greater seperation of freight and passenger bussiness, with most passenger services now being run by passenger companies.
eurokiwi78 wrote:how about a dsc and 4 or 5 high side wagons with the rust holes bogged up. You could squeeze in a fair few back packers (you can fit 22 bales of hay in a highsider) and charge them all $1 like NakedBus do. And if it rains you can sell them optional ponchos sourced from the $2 shop as extras (like the airlines do) for $5 each.
Johnny T wrote:Would love to see this service reinstated.
Re people using it, hard to say but tourists using the Tranz Alpine may be inclined to 'tack' this one on as well, particularly if they have one of those passes that Tranz-scenic sells.
http://www.tranzscenic.co.nz/other-serv ... rail-pass/
Maybe then also have a tie up of some kind with Taieri Gorge Railway?
grunter wrote: They didn't before. Why would they now. Most of the tourists passing though Christchurch then head stright to Queenston, or if they have already done that then out of the country back to thier home.
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