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KiwiRail container terminal team leader Lucan Orchard oversees the loading of freight at the Spring Creek depot in preparation for the reopening of the Main North Line.
Getting freight back on the rails, and off the road, has been hailed as a step towards normal.
And residents along the South Island's re-routed main highway are anticipating both coastal and inland highways to be better than ever.
Nine months after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake damaged the Main North Line, KiwiRail announced freight would be back on the tracks within weeks.
The reopening will take about 2000 trucks a month off the alternate inland route, which has replaced the damaged State Highway 1.
This article first appeared on www.stuff.co.nz
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