Kiwi Rail's iconic TranzAlpine service between Canterbury and the West Coast has resumed this morning.
The service was suspended in mid-February after rail tracks sustained severe damage during scrub fires on Waitangi weekend.
The Midland line between Christchurch and Greymouth was originally due to re-open in early April but quick repairs meant that freight services resumed on Monday.
Several bridges along the route between Cass and Springfield had to be repaired, including one where 12 wooden piles needed to be replaced.
The recent then fire swept through around 300 hectares of scrub in an area not easily accessible from roads, which further complicated the repair of the rail line.
The resumption of the service is a boost for the Coast with West Coast Tourism estimating the service brings well in excess of $15 million a year into the region.