300 hectare fire damages, closes Christchurch-Greymouth line

 

News article: 300 hectare fire damages, closes Christchurch-Greymouth line

KiwiRail has announced the Christchurch-Greymouth line between Cass and Springfield will be closed for as long as six weeks after it was damaged in a major bushfire.

  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Not having a good run after the south island trunk line is still down and now the cross island line.

300 hectare fire damages, closes Christchurch-Greymouth line

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  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Yet another item has been removed from the itinerary for or upcoming trip... Rolling Eyes
Very disappointing, but of course nothing can be done about it.
  Clyde Goodwin Junior Train Controller

Yes i suppose a 300 hectare fire is a major fire for Kiwi,s

Very small by our standards though we had 5 out here in south west NSW on saturday evening through sunday morning the larger of the main ones was 1400 hectares and the one i attended was 600 hectares
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Yes i suppose a 300 hectare fire is a major fire for Kiwi,s

Very small by our standards though we had 5 out here in south west NSW on saturday evening through sunday morning the larger of the main ones was 1400 hectares and the one i attended was 600 hectares
Clyde Goodwin
The size of the fire is irrelevant.

Where it occurred is what's important in this case.

It could have been 25 hectares and still cause damage as seen in the article linked below.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11796893
  Clyde Goodwin Junior Train Controller

Still trying to be a bully are you

I supposed it is very much too hard to understand irony considering 25 homes and many other items property including massive stock losses have happened in NSW this past 3 days yet all thats on Railpage is this puff piece

RFS firefighters have also lost their homes

On the fire i attended they luckily had moved the Sheep into paddocks along the river due to the excessive heat out of the huge one that lightning hit or they would have lost 6000 head

but oh no a small section of rail line in NZ got burnt.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Still trying to be a bully are you

I supposed it is very much too hard to understand irony considering 25 homes and many other items property including massive stock losses have happened in NSW this past 3 days yet all thats on Railpage is this puff piece

RFS firefighters have also lost their homes

On the fire i attended they luckily had moved the Sheep into paddocks along the river due to the excessive heat out of the huge one that lightning hit or they would have lost 6000 head

but oh no a small section of rail line in NZ got burnt.
Clyde Goodwin
Of course we care about loss to fire in NSW (and elsewhere). But this thread is not about that and this is a railway oriented site. You will note the monetary loss due to the inability to run trains on this line. It's a shame I'll miss out on riding the TranzAlpine, but I feel for those who may miss revenue from the services on this line, perhaps even causing businesses to fold, who knows?
  Brianr Assistant Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Both losses are terrible. I lived for 27 years in the Blue Mountains and had fire go through my property and, of course, saw the trauma involved to the community of loss of many homes eg Winmalee.  It was one of many reasons for moving to NZ to live. I am too old to fight fires now. I am upset at the losses in NSW this weekend and there have been homes lost (I think 3) in two areas of NZ also yesterday.

However it is not just some burnt railway track. A number of bridges have to be rebuilt and the line will not be reopened until early April. It carries several coal trains per day as well as a major tourist attraction. Many people are asking us on Tripadvisor about alternatives. And this follows on the Kaikoura earthquake in November which has closed the other mainline in the South Island as well as Highway 1. Neither is likely to be reopened before Christmas. Mother Nature can be cruel.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Yes i suppose a 300 hectare fire is a major fire for Kiwi,s

Very small by our standards though we had 5 out here in south west NSW on saturday evening through sunday morning the larger of the main ones was 1400 hectares and the one i attended was 600 hectares
The size of the fire is irrelevant.

Where it occurred is what's important in this case.

It could have been 25 hectares and still cause damage as seen in the article linked below.

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11796893
bingley hall
The amount of railway damaged (kilometres) would be more useful to the story.

Could be just a case that the area that the railway passes through Is just closed off to everyone except emergency personal while "blacking out" and public safety Inspections take place.
  Brianr Assistant Commissioner

Location: Dunedin, New Zealand
Could be just a case that the area that the railway passes through Is just closed off to everyone except emergency personal while "blacking out" and public safety Inspections take place.
Nightfire
That is certainly not the case. There has been extensive damage to bridges, track and signalling systems. One bridge has had 12 piles burnt out. The tentative reopening date is the first week in April. It is also in an area with difficult access and roads have to be built.

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