Greetings from Australia,
My salute to you all at FRONZ 2016 on a great Conference and visit to MOTAT and all. I learnt much from the formal and informal meetings that took place and I thank the team for all the arrangements which were very well thought out.
Rail Heritage goes to the core fabric of most nations and helps underline history but also boost tourism and therefore regional jobs. In addition remember a steel wheel on a steel rail has one seventh of the friction of a rubber tyre wheel on a bitumen surface!
I am planning to return in Feb 2017 on the Celebrity Solstice with TravelRite if all goes well, President Grant if the Captain of the ship seeks to bypass Dunedin then I may conduct a mutiny !! We are due Thu 23 Feb at Dunedin I gather but please note this is not yet finalised.
Yes I also enjoyed the Kiwi Rail premier product, namely the Northern Explorer (see photo below) and it arrived five minutes early at the Strand within sight of Auckland after a day full of sunshine and volcano vistas but clearly a long way from Britomart.
Again best wishes, you have a diversity of rail heritage that is outstanding
Photo: The Hon. Tim Fischer AC with Megan Drayton of TrackSAFE New Zealand