Scenic trains return to normal

KAT DUGGAN
Last updated 07:08 24/03/2014

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Passengers on the Coastal Pacific train can expect services to return to normal today, after repairs to the KiwiRail Scenic Journeys fleet this month.

A spokeswoman for the company said passengers on the service, which runs from Picton to Christchurch, had been offered alternative bus services or older classic carriages since March 13, when repairs to some of its carriages began.

The spokeswoman said repairs commenced after a routine maintenance check on the the fleet's Auckland to Wellington service, the Northern Explorer, uncovered a broken hanger pin in its cafe carriage.

A hangar pin was part of the brake shoe assembly, she said.

"KiwiRail [then] took the decision to remove all carriages of this type from service to check all other pins to ensure absolute safety," she said.

Parts were sought domestically and internationally to undertake repairs, with the view of returning the carriages to service as quickly as possible.

Services were expected to return to normal today, but customers should check the website kiwirailscenic.co.nz or call 0800 872 467 for updates, the spokeswoman said. 

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