Reminded of own adventure

LETTER

Gisborne Railbike Adventures sounds really exciting. However, the prospect of a return trip to Beach Loop and back sounds daunting.

It reminds me of an adventure I had 50-odd years ago.

During metal work at Lytton I fused two bikes together and made a tandem. I convinced my girlfriend at the time to accompany me on a tandem adventure ride to Wairoa, and catch the railcar back.

By the time we got to the foothills of the Whareratas it started to rain, the chain kept coming off and the relationship was buggered.

We walked in silence to the Muriwai Goods Shed and hitched a ride on a freight train home to Gisborne.

Gisborne Railbike Adventures would be well advised to provide psychiatric support for the adventurers who have lost patience with the chain.

Bring back the real rail.

Denis A. Irwin

Gisborne Railbike Adventures sounds really exciting. However, the prospect of a return trip to Beach Loop and back sounds daunting.

It reminds me of an adventure I had 50-odd years ago.

During metal work at Lytton I fused two bikes together and made a tandem. I convinced my girlfriend at the time to accompany me on a tandem adventure ride to Wairoa, and catch the railcar back.

By the time we got to the foothills of the Whareratas it started to rain, the chain kept coming off and the relationship was buggered.

We walked in silence to the Muriwai Goods Shed and hitched a ride on a freight train home to Gisborne.

Gisborne Railbike Adventures would be well advised to provide psychiatric support for the adventurers who have lost patience with the chain.

Bring back the real rail.

Denis A. Irwin

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Phil Hunt - 20 days ago
If you ever heard Wa165 past Bartletts you would know that it is a very steep grade (I think about 1 in 50). With the railbikes even on a dry day you would be hard-pressed to get to the top of the Whareratas! Whilst I think that some closed lines make excellent candidates for such a venture, this is not one of them. With the reasonable prospect of the line reopening, trains and bikes don't mix! Merv says it can't be done or it is too expensive. How much is repairing SH2 Napier to Gisborne costing each year? I have posed this question in this paper three times now, with no response! NZTA know, so does (or should) the MP, Gisborne District Council and Hastings District Council. All are silent on this! As I have previously written, Gisborne is often cut off by road north and south in the winter, several times for weeks on end (Waioeka Gorge). If you count the distant Manawatu Gorge (trucks from East Coast would use it if it were still open) then your connectivity problem is plain to see. The fix of that bit of road (SH 3) is quite a way off, but the rail has only once been blocked by a slip in the gorge. We have the opportunity to get rail up and running! Apart from Nelson (different scenario), only Gisborne has no rail to a large NZ town. There will be no cost to ratepayers, and as a previous writer has stated the money can be borrowed, at no cost to KiwiRail, from our sovereign bank. Let's do this!

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