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lavenlaar Beginner

What a great idea for un-used lines, once mothballed or forgotten.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3fVx59kku8


Website:
http://www.railcruising.com/

I'd love to do something like this on like an old logging narrow gauge line.

 

 
wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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8) Yes I can think of a number of Bush Trams that would make excellent tourist attractions if revived this way.

 
alexjc Deputy Commissioner

Just got to get artound all the LTSA and OSH requirements and then your are all set to go...Oh by they way you need $$$$ to do this!

 
wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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Just got to get artound all the LTSA and OSH requirements and then your are all set to go...Oh by they way you need $$$$ to do this!

- alexjc



Wink but dreams are free?

Besides getting past the walking and cycling brigades is probably the most dificult part of the planning process.

 
alexjc Deputy Commissioner

Ahh but not if rails are insitu...

 
wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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How many bush tram still have the rails insitu?

 
alexjc Deputy Commissioner

How many bush tram still have the rails insitu?

- wanderer53

Charming Creek? (interesting 'cause it's a coal tram)

 
wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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Whilst I understand the potential of currently disuded railways we were talking about bush trams. Many of these went through spectacular country with large timber trestls over gorges/ rivers etc and would make a great tourist attraction. But how many of these are left with the rails insitu to allow rail cruising without fighting those with alternative uses for the old formation?

 
wanderer53 Sir Nigel Gresley

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Visit to rail-cruising company a FRONZ highlight

One of the highlights of the Queen’s

Birthday FRONZ conference at Rotorua

was a visit by delegates to the company

that is operating rail tours on a section of

the disused Rotorua Branch Line, winner of

the federation’s Weta Workshop Award for

Creativity and Imagination.

Rail Riders at Mamaku, is the base for a

business the owners describe as the world’s

first “rail-cruising” operation.

Rail Riders was founded by Neil and

Jane Oppatt and the operation is being

developed with the help of Track Manager

Bryan Zajonskowski.

The company was formed in late 2009

following what they describe as a number

of years contemplation over the mothballed

and gradually deteriorating Rotorua-

Putaruru Branch Railway Line.

The goal was to provide an experience for

people who enjoy adventure and to create

a totally new way for people to see New

Zealand, relaxed, independent and in

comfort.

The assignment of the lease from the Rotorua

Ngongotaha Rail Trust came first and soon

after work began on the development of the

world first RailCruiser.

The Railway offers gentle curves and steep

grades with beautiful lake views and nature

bush scenery. It carries with it the heritage

of past generations who built and lived their

lives on the commerce of the rail: tourist

operators; loggers; haulers; millers and

foresters of all sorts.

The Railway was the heart of a forestry

mecca that thrived in Mamaku for many

years around the 1940s.

“It (rail-cruising) will become one of

Rotorua's iconic tourist attractions,” says

Neil Oppatt. “With a world-wide ageing

population the new growth area in tourism

is activities called ‘soft adventure’.

“Rail-cruising typifies ‘soft adventure’, being

exciting yet not scary, very safe, comfortable

and an all-weather activity.”

He says interest in railways world-wide is

huge and is one of the world's most popular

tourist activities. He predicts there will be a

significant new rail fan visitor market going

to Rotorua for the rail cruising experience.

“Already they have come from England,

Australia and the United States having read

about our operation in railway magazines.”

Neil Oppatt believes his main challenge for

the future will be getting approval to operate

pedal-powered “rail-bikes” on the railway

and replacing 1200 sleepers west of Mamaku

to add another 23km of operational track to

the existing 20km of track he uses.

 

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