The Napier-Wairoa rail line will reopen on Friday, seven years after major storm damage closed the tracks.
The reinstated line is the first significant rail project funded through the Provincial Growth Fund to be completed - at cost of $6.2 million.
The new line will reconnect Wairoa's thriving forestry industry with the Port of Napier.
Greg Miller is the chief executive at KiwiRail. He talks to Corin Dann.