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Winter on the Midland Line (New Zealand) July 2017

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Video of trains in the foothills of the Southern Alps in the Springfield area. Winter struck in earnest during the past two weeks with heavy snow fall blocking mountain passes in the Southern Alps and roads across the Desert Plateau in the North Island. I guess the photographer would have needed snow chains to go any further west.

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Nice footage in the snow. Interesting to see some freight mixed with passenger stock on the loop. Question, "Alps" and "Alpine" are both terms widely used in NZ to refer to the higher mountains? I had always thought the Alps were a European mountain range (French, Swiss, German, Austrian, Italian, etc).

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Nice footage in the snow. Interesting to see some freight mixed with passenger stock on the loop. Question, "Alps" and "Alpine" are both terms widely used in NZ to refer to the higher mountains? I had always thought the Alps were a European mountain range (French, Swiss, German, Austrian, Italian, etc).

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Alps

 

I wonder how many people have booked accommodation in New Zealand, thinking they were going to Italy?

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Alps

 

I wonder how many people have booked accommodation in New Zealand, thinking they were going to Italy?

 

Nothing compared with some people confusing Austria with Australia http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/australia-is-confused-with-austria-way-too-often-for-anyones-liking/news-story/b0fed3bbad0192e20a434d981437b2df

 

The 17 AK panoramic coaches used on Kiwirail long distance passenger trains are based on Swiss Rhaetain Bahn stock, the observation cars and generator vans are based on converted goods brake van which gives the trains a disjointed look.

 

 

Passenger stock is sometimes added to the consists of freights for non-revenue moves between depots and works or press and vips for the opening of new freight services and terminals

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