Timaru eyes tourism train trial
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A rail passenger service between Dunedin and Timaru could be on the cards after news of a trial service to Oamaru.
The Taieri Gorge train will make a trial run between Dunedin and Oamaru next month after meetings between Tourism Waitaki and the Taieri Gorge Railway.
Louise Burnside, of Taieri Gorge Railway, said she was approached by Tourism Waitaki about the venture.
"Oamaru has been really proactive; as soon as they saw it was available they came to us.
"Initially we would hope it would be a once-a-month excursion; we're just taking things quietly to see how they go."
Ms Burnside said the passenger service will come to Timaru if there is demand. The train seats around 90 people.
"If we were sure we could sell the tickets then yes we would; in the tourism industry we see the need to get people into Timaru.
Aoraki Development tourism manager Katerina Tiscenko was not aware of the service until The Herald approached her for comment.
Ms Tiscenko has since been in touch with Ms Burnside and says she will be observing the trial run with interest.
"We would look at any proposal that might bring visitors to the district; it's certainly worth having a look at.
"Anything that adds another visitor activity is worth a look.
"We will be in touch with them to see how well it is supported during the trial."
The train is scheduled to leave Dunedin at 8am on Sunday November 25 and arrive in Oamaru at 10.15am. It departs Oamaru at 11.15am and arrives in Palmerston at 12.15pm before returning to Oamaru at 1.15pm. It leaves Oamaru at 3.15pm.
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