New Zealand Earthquake - rail damage

 
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
(Happy for mods to move this if they feel it fits better elsewhere)

Major earthquake has cut the Christchurch to Picton rail line around the Kaikoura coast where road and rail follow the shoreline hemmed in by mountains. Huge landslips have wiped out huge sections of the line which will take ages to repair/replace (it says days in the media report, but no chance).

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/318005/earthquake-what-you-need-to-know

Those on Facebook may be able to see these pics

http://https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210659986872898&set=pcb.10210659989472963&type=3&theater

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  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
These poor guys just keep getting hit.

Some images linked







  MetroFemme Chief Train Controller

Christchurch suffered a major earthquake only a few years ago.

What trains used the line which is now gone in parts?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Christchurch suffered a major earthquake only a few years ago.

What trains used the line which is now gone in parts?
MetroFemme
A daily passenger service in each direction plus several freights per day mainly linking Christchurch (and points south) with the North Island via the Picton-Wellington train ferry.
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
They had to replace a similar (same?) bit after the 2010 earthquake
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Christchurch suffered a major earthquake only a few years ago.

What trains used the line which is now gone in parts?
A daily passenger service in each direction plus several freights per day mainly linking Christchurch (and points south) with the North Island via the Picton-Wellington train ferry.
bingley hall
Considering the road shown in the above pictures is State Highway 1. This highway along with the rail line is the Main freight trunk route between Christchurch and Picton and the North Island (As Bing has said)
The alternative road route has to traverse the Alpine region of the South Island and is Not Truck Friendly.

I have also seen online that the Interisland ferry terminal in Wellington has suffered significant damage which will prevent Loading / Unloading of Road and Rail vehicles until repaired.

And I agree with Bing these repair will take a tad longer than a 'few days'
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I'm supposed to be riding a train on that line in February... Confused
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
I'd be amazed if there isn't a couple of trucks buried under those land slips, that highway carries traffic 24/7.
At least one truckie has been stranded between land slips (Reported on facebook)
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This is really bad news.  How many rail cars would be shipped across the cook straight on a daily basis?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
This is really bad news.  How many rail cars would be shipped across the cook straight on a daily basis?
bevans
Although the three Interisland ferries are owned by KiwiRail only the Aratere carries rail vehicles. The timetable shows each ferry makes 2 return trips per day.
Aratere is rated as follows:-
Rail Capacity: Maximum 32 rail wagons (maximum 1,700 tonnes)
Car and Truck Capacity: 1050 lane metres

https://www.interislander.co.nz/Our-Ships-And-Services/Aratere/Facts-And-Figures.aspx

So technically 64 wagons can be moved each way per day
  CS2905 Junior Train Controller

Location: Canberra, ACT
I'm supposed to be riding a train on that line in February... Confused
Graham4405
According to http://www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz/home/disruption-news/ ....

Unfortunately due to the extensive damage the earthquake has caused to the rail line between Blenheim and Kaikoura, we have had to cancel the Coastal Pacific service for the remainder of its summer season.

We regret the impact this cancellation will have on the communities along its route, particularly Kaikoura and Marlborough but the damage to the rail line is going to take some months to repair in conjunction with repairs to State Highway 1.

The Coastal Pacific was due to operate until May 2017.

All booked passengers will be provided with a full refund which will be processed by our Christchurch Call Centre. We apologise in advance for any delay in processing these refunds due to the volume involved.

The carriages used on the Coastal Pacific will be redeployed to the TranzAlpine and Northern Explorer services to increase the numbers of seats available on these services and provide additional options to those passengers who were booked on the Coastal Pacific.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I'm supposed to be riding a train on that line in February... Confused
According to http://www.kiwirailscenic.co.nz/home/disruption-news/ ....

Unfortunately due to the extensive damage the earthquake has caused to the rail line between Blenheim and Kaikoura, we have had to cancel the Coastal Pacific service for the remainder of its summer season.

We regret the impact this cancellation will have on the communities along its route, particularly Kaikoura and Marlborough but the damage to the rail line is going to take some months to repair in conjunction with repairs to State Highway 1.

The Coastal Pacific was due to operate until May 2017.

All booked passengers will be provided with a full refund which will be processed by our Christchurch Call Centre. We apologise in advance for any delay in processing these refunds due to the volume involved.

The carriages used on the Coastal Pacific will be redeployed to the TranzAlpine and Northern Explorer services to increase the numbers of seats available on these services and provide additional options to those passengers who were booked on the Coastal Pacific.
CS2905
Thanks. I had read similar on our tour operator's website.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
New Zealand’s Cabinet has agreed to rebuild the rail and road corridor to the north and south of Kaikoura, on NZ’s South Island, at a cost of up to $2 billion.

Transport minister Simon Bridges on December 15 said additional funding would speed up the process, after an earthquake last month did substantial damage to the infrastructure.

Bridges said the road and rail corridor would be rebuilt, with additional improvements to increase safety and resilience.

https://www.railexpress.com.au/2bn-price-tag-to-restore-nzs-damaged-road-rail-corridor/
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
BH how many kms will need to be rebuilt as an indication?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
BH how many kms will need to be rebuilt as an indication?
bevans
If memory serves me correctly it's about 350kms Blenheim to Christchurch.
I think the actual length of damaged track is not that great, as the damage is severe in a lot of short sections.
Whilst the news channels have concentrated on the areas north and south of Kaikoura, I believe there is also damage to both Road and Rail in the Seddon area (between Blenheim and Kaikoura)

The article linked by Bingley state repairs to 21 tunnels and 80 bridges. Now 3 of those tunnels are Road Tunnels so 18 would be rail tunnels.
The major portions of the work otherwise will be the removal and stabalisation of the land slips, and as we have all seen the pictures and videos, that requires the removal of massive tonnages. A few of the tunnels still can not be assessed due to the land slips

https://goo.gl/images/AJeoon
https://goo.gl/images/bcenmS
https://goo.gl/images/5uytkq
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
WOW.  Imagine if this work had to be done in Australia or Victoria.  1. it would not be repaired and two it would cost $10bn
  Brianr Assistant Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
It is the major(only rail) route between the North Island and Christchurch/Dunedin. The alternative inland road only is having trouble coping. They are putting on extra ships to cope with the freight. I think if something major was to happen to the rail line between Sydney and Melbourne, something would be done. However I must point out that the NZ government budget is in surplus even after allowing billions for this emergency.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Is it safe to visit Christchurch and the South Island at present?

Also are there buses running between Christchurch and Picton?

I'm just thinking of visiting New Zealand in march 2017.
  Brianr Assistant Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
I have now lived in Dunedin for almost 7 years since moving from Sydney.  Although NZ has 20,000 tremors per year, I have felt 2. One when I was in Queenstown and one when I was in Wellington. (I was overseas for the first Christchurch quake and on Stewart Island for the 2nd, they were felt in Dunedin. A few people say they felt the Kaikoura quake here, I was fast asleep).
While Christchurch has felt some of the Kaikoura shakes, there has been no damage. So just as safe to visit NZ as any other time.
The bus from Picton to Christchurch now goes inland over the Lewis Pass so takes longer but runs very day.
The inland road into Kaikoura is to be fully opened on Monday but there will be speed restrictions and some hold ups due to continuing road works. There is talk the coast road (Hwy 1) south to Christchurch may open before the end of the year but with restrictions. The road north will probably be closed for 6 months and the railway for over a year.

When people asked me why I moved here (and am now a NZ citizen) I said no heat waves or bushfires( I lived in the Blue Mountains), no snakes, no deadly spiders. However there are earthquakes.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Is it safe to visit Christchurch and the South Island at present?

Also are there buses running between Christchurch and Picton?

I'm just thinking of visiting New Zealand in march 2017.
GeoffreyHansen
I'll be there late Feb/early March 2017. There are some itinerary changes on our tour, most notably no Coastal Explorer trip and re-routing the Picton - Christchurch part of the trip.

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