Today the Otago Daily Times’ Allison Rudd has an important story where a former Kiwirail senior engineer has spoken out about the mistakes and failures of the decisions to purchase the cheapest locomotives and rolling stock and the impact it will have on New Zealand rail for decades.
It’s time more people spoke out. And it’s time that the board of Kiwirail and the Ministers that have directed their deeply flawed policies becomes accountable to New Zealanders.
KiwiRail bought 1970s technology when it bought new locomotives from China, but now has an opportunity to put matters right, one of its former long-serving senior engineers says.
It was “baffling” KiwiRail had ordered the type of locomotives it did, Randall Prestidge, who worked for KiwiRail for more than 34 years and headed the fleet performance team until he took voluntary redundancy last year, said yesterday.
“These locomotives [are] very similar to DX locomotive technology of the 1970s,” Mr Prestidge said.
… he said KiwiRail should make sure it did not buy the same technology again.
“They are thinking old and small and not thinking into the new century.”
He said he had tried to discuss his views with KiwiRail but “no-one wanted to listen” and he had decided to go public.
“I didn’t want to be disloyal to KiwiRail. I didn’t want to bag them in public. I wanted to help.
“I’m saying they . . . must change their ways. But I know in my heart they are not going to.”