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From “Longwater – Historical Aspects of the Northern Waiora” by Stephen Fordyce on page 203- From the Chapter “The Kaihu Valley Railway”
Graham “Blue” Stanaway – interview 17 Nov 1994 – discussing the demise of the old railway line.
Graham Stanaway and Tom Henderson of Ruawai put forward a proposal to the Minster of Railways to purchase the line with the intention of running regular rural delivery and stock trains, as well as weekly shoppers excursions from Donnelly’s Crossing to Dargaville. Stanaway had vast experience working bush railways and the idea was to fit a bus body to a ten-wheel drive bogied diesel unit such as he had been familiar with using in the Mamaku district. A steam locomotive was not considered since it was thought to be too hard in the rails and these versatile logging units never derailed. As for track maintenance, Stanaway had a couple of real good track men down Rotorua way ready to come up and maintain the line so long as the fishing was good.
As things turned out, the government stood to recoup more money from the line as scrap than as a railway and Waste Metals Ltd of Papakura proved to be the successful tenderer out of the eight firms that made submissions