Friday, 20 July 2001, 5:05 pm Press Release: Green Party
Rod to ride on Tim's train
July, 9 am, Invercargill Railway Station
Green Party co-leader Rod Donald will
join Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt in a day trip on the
threatened Southerner train tomorrow.
The Mayor and the
MP will both ride in the buffet car on the first service to
Edendale at 9 am on Saturday.
Mr Shadbolt invited people
to make the excursion and show they are interested in rail
travel before Monday's meeting with the new owners West
Coast Railways in Dunedin.
The train will travel from
Invercargill to Edendale on Saturday, and from Invercargill
to Bluff on Sunday. More than 1800 people had already paid
to take a trip with all eight services now sold out.
Tim asked me to match him by under writing this venture for
$1000 I thought I'd better put my money where my mouth is.
With all the trains now full I'll only have to buy my own
ticket," Rod Donald said.
" More importantly, the success
of these excursions is a signal that we will be able to save
the Southerner," he said.
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