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Old 04-29-2008, 04:31 AM   #226
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Also, Ian, would you agree that some of the air routes in New Zealand are spectacularly pointless? I am thinking specifically of Wellington to Napier, which has been a source of numerous rants from me over the years. IT WOULD BE QUICKER TO DRIVE. Or catch the bus (or, pre-2001, the train). Who the hell wants to fly Wellington to Napier? That just never made any sense to me.
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Another nine weeks of Stars in their Eyes. Oh hell yeah.
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Also, Ian, would you agree that some of the air routes in New Zealand are spectacularly pointless? I am thinking specifically of Wellington to Napier, which has been a source of numerous rants from me over the years. IT WOULD BE QUICKER TO DRIVE. Or catch the bus (or, pre-2001, the train). Who the hell wants to fly Wellington to Napier? That just never made any sense to me.
There is some strange stuff, but you would presume they wouldn't fly it unless there was a good reason to fly it.

I can't understand Qantas flying Rotorua - Queenstown....unless it's for tour groups.

But the geography of New Zealand is really conducive to flying generally being more convenient.

For redundant air routes, it's hard to argue with the now discontinued Santa Ana - LAX route in Los Angeles, which is a short across town hop....
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Another nine weeks of Stars in their Eyes. Oh hell yeah.
Most exciting news you've heard all day?

And where's Kim?
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His costume and acting are appalling but the musical performance isn't bad.
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Most exciting news you've heard all day?

And where's Kim?
It's a dull day when it is great news.


And i'm wondering that myself....
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Looks like a young-ish read-headed girl is up next.

We'll find out after the ads.
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That's fair enough, i guess. As the Rail Manager or whatever the job title is said, the TranzAlpine was kept alive by the coal trains when it was facing the axe, and it's probably not too different for the Overlander. The guy made mention of the carriages being nearly as old as the hills, it's fucking crazy. Although they're internally in great shape.

Get it down to 8.5 hours and you've got yourself a viable service.
Yeah, certainly freight has played a big role in keeping some of the services alive. If the coal trains disappeared, nothing could save the TranzAlpine even today, as that line is not cheap to maintain.

There really is no excuse for rail travel in New Zealand being in such poor shape. Rotorua in particular should have at least two return trains daily from Auckland (on a line via the airport) due to the tourist traffic. But the government completely failed rail in the late 1970s and 1980s, and it has never recovered. Somebody's going to need to invest shitloads soon though, as the environment isn't getting any better.

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And yeah, it's a shame that train was shitcanned, especially because more and more it proves to be a poor decision with all of the environmental hype now. Then again, there would be some idiot complaining about the trains running the route and polluting the atmosphere or some shit like that.
It'll be one of the dickheads from the bus lobby for sure, ignoring the fact that a passenger train is far more environmentally friendly than a convoy of buses. The bus lobby's latest brilliant idea is to convert one of Wellington's railway lines into a single-lane busway. Let's just say that proposal was laughed at and swiftly dismissed.
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His costume and acting are appalling but the musical performance isn't bad.
Is he white?
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Thankfully no!
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