Long Read: The new Golden Age of rail

From The Detail, 5:00 am on 26 August 2023

This is The Detail's Long Read  one in-depth story read by us every weekend.

KAIKOURA, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 10: KiwiRail DXC 5520 Diesel Locomotive passenger train waiting at station in Kaikoura, New Zealand

 A train journey emits approximately one-sixth of the greenhouse gases of an equivalent plane trip. A six-carriage electric train takes an estimated 625 cars off the road. Photo: 123RF

This week, it's Back on track: The new Golden Age of rail, written and read here by North & South magazine's junior staff writer Theo Macdonald.

You can read the full story in the August issue, or on the North & South website.

Long-distance rail travel is in for a revival in New Zealand — eventually. And you don’t have to be a nostalgia buff, trainspotter or climate-action protester to see why. 

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