As noted in our last post the government has effectively given over the incentivisation of mode shift to rail to regional / unitary councils to implement in concert with NZTA. This relies on the assumption that rail freight between industries and ports is a major traffic source and that therefore the regional councils as port… Continue reading Questions Over Government Rail Freight Strategy 
As we all know, the Taieri Gorge Railway (the Otago Central Branch from Wingatui to Middlemarch) was saved for preservation by public fundraising with the addition of ratepayer funds from Dunedin City Council. The entire route is within the boundaries of Dunedin City since the local government restructuring of 1989 when smaller counties were amalgamated… Continue reading Future Prospects For Taieri Gorge Railway: Middlemarch Based Rail Heritage?
As we all know, a few months ago Dunedin Railways was closed down, but the Dunedin City Council voted to mothball it rather than wind it up completely. This, however, seems to have been just a ploy, as DCC is now calling for expressions of interest for people who want to buy the company’s assets.… Continue reading Dunedin City Council Reneges On Mothballing of Dunedin Railways, Now Pushing Ahead With Winding Up.