These indicative timetables are to illustrate how some of the train services being sought by Get the Train might work. (The services shown here do not necessarily reflect the precise wishes of Get the Train or its members.)
Long distance passenger trains and local passenger trains have both been sucessful in the past, then became seen as less viable, then political decisions were made to discontinue them.
Solution: combined commuter/long distance trainsEdit
A long-distance train leaving town at about when most people are turning up to work could provide for commuters on its way to the city to pick up tourist/leisure travellers.
Just to show what is possible, here is an indicative timetable for a train stabled overnight in Oamaru, providing a commuter service to and from Dunedin. The timings are based on the old Southerner timetable, with a few 'made-up' in between (a modern railcar should meet these timings easily, or be able to make more stops).
Michies Crossing 0754
Port Chalmers Upper 0805
Sawyers Bay 0807
Logan Park/Campus/Otago Stadium 0813
Dunedin arr 0815
Dunedin dep 0817
Kensington (for South Dunedin) 0819
Green Island 0826
As you can see, there is enough free time during the day for the train to continue to Bluff (for tourist traffic) and back in time for the evening commute north to Oamaru again:
If there were a second train available, you can imagine how a similar service could provide for commuters from Balclutha/Milton/Mosgiel, then provide a tourist/leisure service north out of Dunedin, say to Oamaru. This could incorporate the Seasider train service. (Unfortunately it is impossible to get to Christchurch and back during the working day):
Oamaru arrive: 1110
Oamaru depart: 1515
- Get the Train website