In Rail on Friday 26th Apr, 2019

Iconic NZ train forced to close outdoor carriage due to tourists’ risky photos

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A train in New Zealand has closed its outdoor carriage after too many tourists were risking their lives to take a photo. Source: Getty

New Zealand’s iconic Coastal Pacific train has closed its outdoor carriage in a bid to stop tourists endangering their lives while trying to capture the perfect selfie.

The 350 kilometre route between Picton and Christchurch is known for its beautiful scenic views. But now the company has said it’s seen too many passengers placing themselves at risk by leaning out of the viewing carriage to take selfies in recent months. As a result, the company has launched a review to look at new ways to keep tourists safe.

“In recent months, we’ve seen more passengers placing themselves in danger by leaning out of the viewing carriage to take photographs,” the statement on the company’s website said.

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“The safety of our passengers is hugely important and despite a number of safety signs and announcements on board our trains, we’re still seeing this happen and can’t risk the possibility of an incident.

“We’re sorry that our passengers won’t be able to use these outdoor carriages while a solution is found. Our trains will continue to tow the outdoor viewing carriages as the train’s generator which powers train systems such as lighting, refrigeration and air-conditioning is carried on there.”

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