Friday, April 19, 2019


Second born rang with a heads up for a current program on 'Prime', on a three hour show running on passenger train travel in NZ  from Auckland to Bluff. very tranquil viewing for a holiday afternoon,  no commentary only track and engine noise and signage for locating positions.

Thankyou Darling very appropriate viewing with a new puppy to sort out.

To be repeated at 1900 hrs tonight.

We were lucky we availed ourselves of a Daylight trip on NI main trunk Palmerston to Hamilton and on to Tauranga after a meal for an overnight stay, next day back to Cambridge out to Rotorua and return to Palmy back around 1990.
Not so today with no branch passenger service to Tauranga or Rotorua,  Palmy to Gisborne line ending at Wairoa but no Passenger beyond excursions and nothing south of Rolleston where the Alpine Express leaves the main trunk to head west.
They still run the NI MainTrunk the Alpine express and the Coastal Pacific so do we assume they turn a profit

Am I being a dreamer in wondering why Kiwi Rail is not  investigating doing weekly or even less regular train travel excursions on the lines that remain open for freight.
Surely in the tourist climate that has such exposure with Cruise Boats, an opportunity exists?


The Veteran said...

GD ... the film ran from 5.30 am to 5.30 pm. Mrs Veteran was an avid watcher from late morning for the segment Picton south. Brilliant scenery. From ChCh the train took the trans-alpine route rather than continue south. From Greymouth it was all road through the Haast to Queenstown before finishing up where Presbyterians are a dime a dozen.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Veteran, I'll have you know Presbyterians are a dram a dozen.

Anonymous said...

It was a great watch, however the teenagers were rebelling after 3 minutes of no action. Excellent.