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South Island Rail Delay - 28 September

Good morning,

We have been advised that a rock fall has closed the Main Rail line and Road South of Kaikoura.  At this stage we have been advised that this will not likely open until Friday night at the earliest.  We are unsure what impact this will have on transit times but will advise later today as more information comes to hand.

At 0115hrs Thursday 28 September night patrol reported rock fall Slip 26 at  177.57km between Oaro – Kaikoura . Geo – Specialist  after inspections CLOSED  track pending further detailed helicopter inspections during daytime. Train 712 at the time of rock fall  at Hundalee and 717 north of Kaikoura.  Train 712 tied down Oaro  and 717 at Kaikoura.  Earlier train 736 and train 735  no problems and were able to travel to destination.

 Early assessment of the site has been completed.  Material came down onto rail and road and some material still active.  Sluicing with helicopter and then scaling is underway to sufficiently stabilise the slope. Road and rail both shut south of Kaikoura and no trains will run tonight as a consequence. 

 Best case scenario will be for trains to begin running Friday night on the proviso that work goes well today. 

 A progress update will be provided at 1500hrs today.

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Good morning,

We have been advised that a rock fall has closed the Main Rail line and Road South of Kaikoura.  At this stage we have been advised that this will not likely open until Friday night at the earliest.  We are unsure what impact this will have on transit times but will advise later today as more information comes to hand.

At 0115hrs Thursday 28 September night patrol reported rock fall Slip 26 at  177.57km between Oaro – Kaikoura . Geo – Specialist  after inspections CLOSED  track pending further detailed helicopter inspections during daytime. Train 712 at the time of rock fall  at Hundalee and 717 north of Kaikoura.  Train 712 tied down Oaro  and 717 at Kaikoura.  Earlier train 736 and train 735  no problems and were able to travel to destination.

 Early assessment of the site has been completed.  Material came down onto rail and road and some material still active.  Sluicing with helicopter and then scaling is underway to sufficiently stabilise the slope. Road and rail both shut south of Kaikoura and no trains will run tonight as a consequence. 

 Best case scenario will be for trains to begin running Friday night on the proviso that work goes well today. 

 A progress update will be provided at 1500hrs today.

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