Road & Rail

Kiwi rail journey provider closes outdoor carriages due to dangerous selfies

The Great Journeys of New Zealand has temporarily closed outdoor viewing carriages on three of its trains, following an increased number of potential safety incidents.

In a statement on its website, the company said it has witnessed a growing number of passengers placing themselves in danger by leaning out of the viewing carriage to take dangerous selfies in recent months.

“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,” the statement said.

“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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