New Zealand Rail Maps Project Development Report – December 2021

In the past month the key focus of the project has switched to updating Volumes 5 and 6 for the Volumes site, which will be revamped and launched under a new format on 1 January 2022. Volume 6 has received the higher priority because of the recent opening of the double track extension in the… Continue reading New Zealand Rail Maps Project Development Report – December 2021

NZRM Update 2021-03-04

Good afternoon and welcome to this week’s NZ Rail Maps Project update. As it says on the Facebook page this week’s update is a few days later than planned, normally updates come out on Mondays. The reason is that it was decided last week the update milestone would be for completing all trunk corridors in… Continue reading NZRM Update 2021-03-04

Unpalatable Truth: Shipping More Efficient Than Rail

On July 30, 2020, The Australian newspaper published an article lamenting the rundown of the rail freight network over there, due to intense competition from road and sea haulage. Whilst road transport of freight is not cost competitive in large quantities and long distances, it works well when only a small volume is to be… Continue reading Unpalatable Truth: Shipping More Efficient Than Rail

Wairoa to Gisborne Rail Line: Can the line be re-opened economically?

The ongoing saga of the Gisborne Line has occupied many column centimetres in Gisborne and elsewhere over a lengthy period. The problem is that the Gisborne Line, particularly in the section over the Whareratas near Gisborne, has been very difficult and extremely expensive to maintain. The reopening of the line has been the subject of… Continue reading Wairoa to Gisborne Rail Line: Can the line be re-opened economically?