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Cora Lynn (more..)
Arthur's Pass, New Zealand (more..)
September 01, 2010
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DX 5258 (more..)
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A mixed up mess of colour leads a loaded coal train through the scrub covered Waimakariri River floodplain towards Cora Lynn. 5258 is a KiwiRail patched Toll green snotbonnet while 5327 wears the bumblebee austerity colours introduced during the dark days at the end of TranzRail ownership before a short-lived buyout by Australia's Toll. In 2008 the government bought back the operation and renamed it KiwiRail - ending 26 years of experimentation that began with the formation of a state owned corporation and was followed by a chain of corporate owners (most famously a consortium that included Wisconsin Central). There's no doubt that the government railways department of the '70s and '80s needed a serious shakeup, streamlining, modernisation and pruning, but much of that experimentation was pretty brutal and ultimately foolish. Of course politics being what it is, the experiments continue! I've always liked these CC and CE wagons (first 14 wagons on this train) with their ever helpful yellow arrows.
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