Opening line to Beach Loop would be great start

LETTER

So sad to see those properties and poor buggers from Tolaga Bay who got absolutely smashed with logs and slash, destroying some farms. This might break some of them forever.

We thought we were bad enough at Kopuawhara a few years ago — we were lucky the stopbank held. Kopuawhara river came up five to six metres, two metres from the top of the stopbank. Small pockets of slash came down-river super muddy. This told me land up the valley, plus the rail line, was getting undermined.

I haven’t seen anything more in this column from Gillian Ward of Rail Action Group or Rick Thorpe of Tairawhiti Rail Ltd.

I hear the rail link from Napier to Wairoa is well under way and is pretty close to being open — all the way to Mahia hopefully. I did mention I thought this would be great, so the rocket fuel and freight could be taken off the roads.

It would also allow Hawke’s Bay to run its steam engine to Mahia. This would be a far better trip than Gisborne to Muriwai — cruise ship passengers would be better off getting on the Hawke’s Bay run.

I have suggested many times that KiwiRail should get the line open up to Beach Loop, with a turntable at the Tikiwhata Tunnel blowout. This would allow Wa165 to run again, and what a great trip that would be over the summer period.

If KiwiRail and the Government were to rebuild the line, surely this would be a great start — allowing machinery and workers to get the ball rolling. I still say this would take some years to get the line open.

My suggestion would allow the rebuild to happen from Kopuawhara and the Gisborne end. What a huge mission that would be, especially bridging those big gaps. Tikiwhata from the Gisborne end is 50m deep and 50m wide. Again, I say, if you don’t get going Gisborne will lose the lot.

Merv Goodley

So sad to see those properties and poor buggers from Tolaga Bay who got absolutely smashed with logs and slash, destroying some farms. This might break some of them forever.

We thought we were bad enough at Kopuawhara a few years ago — we were lucky the stopbank held. Kopuawhara river came up five to six metres, two metres from the top of the stopbank. Small pockets of slash came down-river super muddy. This told me land up the valley, plus the rail line, was getting undermined.

I haven’t seen anything more in this column from Gillian Ward of Rail Action Group or Rick Thorpe of Tairawhiti Rail Ltd.

I hear the rail link from Napier to Wairoa is well under way and is pretty close to being open — all the way to Mahia hopefully. I did mention I thought this would be great, so the rocket fuel and freight could be taken off the roads.

It would also allow Hawke’s Bay to run its steam engine to Mahia. This would be a far better trip than Gisborne to Muriwai — cruise ship passengers would be better off getting on the Hawke’s Bay run.

I have suggested many times that KiwiRail should get the line open up to Beach Loop, with a turntable at the Tikiwhata Tunnel blowout. This would allow Wa165 to run again, and what a great trip that would be over the summer period.

If KiwiRail and the Government were to rebuild the line, surely this would be a great start — allowing machinery and workers to get the ball rolling. I still say this would take some years to get the line open.

My suggestion would allow the rebuild to happen from Kopuawhara and the Gisborne end. What a huge mission that would be, especially bridging those big gaps. Tikiwhata from the Gisborne end is 50m deep and 50m wide. Again, I say, if you don’t get going Gisborne will lose the lot.

Merv Goodley

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