Napier trips not practicable

LETTER

Re: Ghost town if no rail, April 13 letter.

Gisborne City Vintage Railway has a “Licence to Occupy” the section of railway track between Eastland Port’s boundary on Reads Quay and Muriwai, which not only incurs a substantial cost (payable to KiwiRail) but also imposes an onerous duty for line upkeep. Without these responsibilities, if the line were to be maintained in useable condition by KiwiRail or any other operator, it would be possible to take Wa165 further, say, to Beach Loop or even Opoutama, but operation beyond there would create almost insuperable logistical problems.

So, Stuart, it’s a nice idea but not practicable to contemplate trips by Wa165 to Napier.

If the line between Muriwai and Kopuawhara were to be repaired, so that the through-route between Napier and Gisborne once again became useable, then I’m sure that Wa165 will resume excursions to Beach Loop.

Geoff Joyce

President, Gisborne City Vintage Railway

Re: Ghost town if no rail, April 13 letter.

Gisborne City Vintage Railway has a “Licence to Occupy” the section of railway track between Eastland Port’s boundary on Reads Quay and Muriwai, which not only incurs a substantial cost (payable to KiwiRail) but also imposes an onerous duty for line upkeep. Without these responsibilities, if the line were to be maintained in useable condition by KiwiRail or any other operator, it would be possible to take Wa165 further, say, to Beach Loop or even Opoutama, but operation beyond there would create almost insuperable logistical problems.

So, Stuart, it’s a nice idea but not practicable to contemplate trips by Wa165 to Napier.

If the line between Muriwai and Kopuawhara were to be repaired, so that the through-route between Napier and Gisborne once again became useable, then I’m sure that Wa165 will resume excursions to Beach Loop.

Geoff Joyce

President, Gisborne City Vintage Railway

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