NZRM Progress Report 2023-05-15: Midland Line, Wairarapa Line

In the past week progress has been made mainly in the Rapahoe Branch in relation to Volume 9, the Midland Line corridor. This means that completion of the Rapahoe Branch maps is now much closer to completion, with work now shifting onto finishing the adjacent Rewanui Branch adding the final historical coverage. At this stage with a delay waiting for a final batch of aerial photos, the work on the Hokitika-Ross branch has not been completed and is running behind schedule. In relation to the main line corridor (Midland Line) there is still work to complete on a few smaller stations and for Greymouth, the terminus. Due to various delays and a less demanding expectation for completion at present it looks like it will take a bit longer to complete this volume beyond the end of May, maybe a week or two, but that is hard to pin down at present, however the completion of this volume is not that far off in actuality. After Volume 9 is completed, probably the focus will go back to Palmerston North in Volume 2 and after that to Volume 10, Christchurch-Picton.

The other area that has been worked on lately is part of Volume 6 for the Wairarapa Line in order to produce maps of the 30 public level crossings between Rimutaka Loop and Waipoua River (approximate track distance 48 km to 91.5 km). This is helping to support public interest in the current Kiwirail-led upgrade proposals for these level crossings, which in turn is a part of a Government programme to upgrade the Wairarapa Line.