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Now that I'm over in John Mayner country for a while, I've been listening to the local news and found this story interesting.

 

http://www.newshub.co.nz/business/kiwirails-asbestos-locos-back-to-work-2014040817#axzz4AwQRQcsD

 

Not as big a problem as the Treasury advising the Government 12 months later to close down most of the rail system.

 

Part of the underlying problem is falling commodity prices lead to falling rail traffic with a glut of dairy products, timber and coking coal on the world market.

 

The asbestos problem (same thing happened with Chinese supplied locos in Australia) was an interesting time for rail fans with some interesting consists as locos were shuffled around to replace the temporary withdrawn DLs.

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