Tairei Gorge set to reopen

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The Taieri Gorge railway line is set to reopen next month after an expensive flood damage clean-up.
Parts of the track, particularly between Hindon and Parera, were blocked by slips caused by severe flooding in July. Dunedin Railways engineering manager Ward Kellett said it was hoped the line would reopen on September 16.
He could not confirm how much the clean-up would cost, but said it would be “a scary number”.
The exact total was dependent on findings by geotechnical experts.
Geotechnicians were investigating what needed to be done to secure a section of track about 13km from Wingatui.
“This is a traditionally slower-moving area that did move a little more with this rain,” Mr Kellett said.
A drone was first used to document the scale of the damage and a train and truck had been used at opposite ends of the track to carry out repairs.
About 10 staff, including contractors, had worked seven day weeks to clear the track as quickly as possible.
Mr Kellett praised the work of contractors.
“Without them we would certainly be dead in the water still.”
Otago Daily Times

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