Face of the Day

Todd Moyle has an interesting update on the repairs to the railway near Kaikoura

Trains will be running north of Claverley towards Kaikoura on the Main North Line for the first time since the earthquake from tomorrow. “Repair work to allow the 1000-tonne plus work trains to go as far as Oaro has finished, and the trains are now ready to help work on the repairs needed to get the line open and carrying freight again,” says KiwiRail Group General Manager Network Services Todd Moyle.

“Work trains will be laying ballast under and around the sleepers to lock in the track alignment. The work train is followed by a tamper which packs the ballast under the sleepers and makes final adjustments to the alignment and level of the track.

“In the north, work trains are now travelling as far south as Wharanui.

“The arrival of work trains means progress not just for the rail, but for the whole transport corridor.

“It also means that people need to be extremely careful around the rail corridor and when using level crossings as there has been little activity on the line until now since November’s earthquake.

“It is not only work trains and tamper units that are moving on the line, but also hi-rail vehicles – vehicles that go on rail. We should all treat the corridor as ‘live’ at all times.”

Readers in the area should look left and right before crossing any kind of rail line.   The lights may not work.

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