Iconic Gisborne steam train back on track

Gisborne news
Wednesday, June 3, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley is delighted Kiwi Rail has agreed to lease Gisborne City Vintage Railway a section of the Napier-Gisborne rail line between Gisborne City and Muriwai Beach so that the iconic steam train trips can resume.

“This is fantastic news for our community’s tourism and business sectors. The Wa165 Steam Locomotive is a well-known attraction on the East Coast and sets us apart as a cruise and tourist destination,” Mrs Tolley says.

“Mayor Meng Foon and I have written to Kiwi Rail and I have been talking with State Owned Enterprises Minister Todd McClay and Transport Minister Simon Bridges to ensure this work goes ahead.

“Funders have been ready and waiting to start maintenance work on the line and I’m pleased this can now begin.

“The benefits for the Gisborne community are significant with tourist spending crucial to our local economy.

“Cruise ships and their passengers bring between $5-6 million per year into our local economy, which means it’s essential that this project is complete in time for the coming cruise season,” Mrs Tolley says.