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Stranded Kaikoura freight train unloaded

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/12/2016

Supermarket supplies and car parts have finally been removed from a freight train stranded north of Kaikoura since the November 14 earthquake.

The train had been forced to halt in a tunnel on the morning of the quake where it remained until last week, when it was moved it to a site suitable for transferring its containers and pallets onto trucks.

The mixed freight is now being trucked to Kaikoura and onto Christchurch.

KiwiRail had to assess the tunnel and make interim repairs to a bridge before the train could be moved, says network services general manager Todd Moyle.

The empty train will stay put until the rail line is deemed safe.

"The train remains in a remote and unpredictable location, between two very large slips," Mr Moyle said.

Last month three Kaikoura men were arrested and charged with looting the train.

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