Sunday, August 8, 2010

First Matangi EMU for Wellington rolled out

The first of new electric trains for the Wellington region, named "Matangi" type, was presented for the cameras in Wellington during this past week.

They (hopefully) will provide more reliable and efficient commuter services for the Wellington region than the 28 year old Hungarian trains which currently dominate the scene, although the new units are intended to replace the even older English Electric units from the early 1950s.

At the same time the double tracking from McKays Crossing (north of Paekakariki) to Waikanae is well underway, as is the electrification work from Paraparaumu to Waikanae (8 km) which will bring electric commuter services to Waikanae for the first time. (photo from Wikipedia)

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