The first train on the Picton to Christchurch line since November's 7.8 earthquake has passed through Kaikōura.
The line re-opened today for limited freight train services, and the train left Picton early this morning and stopped in Kaikōura about 8am.
About 200 locals and railway workers cheered as it rolled into the town.
For Kaikōura resident Bev Bradley it was a special day.
"I was here as a five-year-old when the railway was first opened, so I had to come for the second," she said.
KiwiRail chief executive Peter Reidy said having freight services up and running again on the Main North Line was a significant milestone in the quake recovery.
For now, the service will be limited to night times, to allow repairs on the line to continue, as well as the rebuilding of State Highway 1.
KiwiRail expected about 2000 fewer trucks a month on the road as a result of the train service resuming.