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Wanganui forestry businesses on track
Construction starts on KiwiRail's new rail-road log transfer yard in Eastown this week. The yard, due to be operational in November, will give local forestry companies a rail option east of the river. It will allow more logs to be transported by rail for export to ports such as Wellington or Napier and help reduce trucks numbers on roads as one logging train can carry up to 30 trucks.
Over the last year KiwiRail has been working with local forestry businesses to investigate the feasibility of setting up a log transfer site at Eastown. "Increasing the ease of transporting logs on rail will make us an even more competitive option when moving bulk freight," explains Steve Muir, KiwiRail Freight, Manager - Bulk and Forestry.
"The local forests are coming to maturity and there are many businesses looking for a sustainable safe transport mode. Moving logs is a year round activity and volumes will fluctuate depending on the season."
"We have two key customers committed to using the new site," says Steve.
"KiwiRail is continuing to invest in improving our infrastructure both above and below the tracks. We've developed specialised wagons to carry logs and will be reinstating the tracks and making the yard suitable for handling log traffic."
Log wagons are a regular feature on trains in the lower North Island. The first such yard was developed at Waingawa to transport logs to Wellington. Other routes KiwiRail moves logs on include Waiouru, Palmerston North and Woodville. We are also investigating a future development option in Marton.
Mayor Annette Main welcomed KiwiRail's decision to develop the Eastown rail yard.
"It is good to see existing infrastructure developed and revitalised to meet a renewed demand for rail freight," Mayor Main said.
"This reflects the increasing amount of forestry coming on stream in our district and provides local forestry companies with an economic and sustainable option for transporting their product."
To support this we've converted 160 wagons to log wagons using Swedish ExTe bolsters and are converting a further 78 wagons in early 2015.