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Old November 20th, 2005, 02:44 PM   #1
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New Zealand got trains!



A map of the train route on New Zealand. Nice to know that such country got a train system. How about Iceland?

Does anyone have some more information about this system or pics of it?


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Old November 20th, 2005, 07:10 PM   #2
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My daughter visited New Zealand a few months ago with my mom, they rode a train called the "Trans Alpine" across the South Island. She even bought back a book for me about the railways of New Zealand. They use a narrow gauge and at least one area is electrified.

To my knowledge Iceland has no railways.
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Old November 20th, 2005, 07:37 PM   #3
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Old November 20th, 2005, 10:15 PM   #4
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What if your nick is copyright somewhere and you have taken it ;p
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Old November 20th, 2005, 10:22 PM   #5
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Nice. How does the Ferry part of it go? Any plans to go down to Dunedin or Queenstown?
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Old November 20th, 2005, 10:52 PM   #6
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I dont know, but it looks nice...




Trans Metro?





Very cool looking trains. Small gauge tracks? Any info about this train system?


New Britomart Rail Terminal in Central Auckland. Nice looking for sure!


In Christchurch there is a tram even. Old historic line?


Christchurch also...


City loop tram it seems. Now thats how a tram matches background and forground. Looks cool!


Wellington.



This traincars looks like metro/subway cars. Nice,...







I hope that someone which have been or is living in New Zealand could come up with some more pics? I really want to go to New Zealand,... it`s so similar to Norway when it comes to fjords and wild nature. But its waaarm

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Old November 21st, 2005, 01:23 AM   #7
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Very Nice!
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Old November 21st, 2005, 04:21 PM   #8
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Do not the Copyright law exist here?

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Old November 21st, 2005, 04:56 PM   #9
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The yellow sets are now Connex Auckland.

Red and white DMUs are ex Perth
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Old November 21st, 2005, 06:09 PM   #10
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Those Metrocars look very funky indeed.A bit like Adelaides Metro
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Old November 21st, 2005, 10:00 PM   #11
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cal_t:
They look cool. Didnt know that there was train on New Zealand. Nice for sure, makes me want to go there sometime even more.

Do you have some more pics from New Zealand trains maybe?
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Old November 21st, 2005, 10:43 PM   #12
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Here you will find lots of info:
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/john.raby1/nz.html
I have been taking some historical/tourist trains in New Zealand - that's breathtaking! Hospitality and excellent service + unbelievable nature
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 03:33 AM   #13
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How long does it take to travel between cities? What does inside look like? Any services (food, sleeper cars, observation cars)?

http://www.tranzrail.co.nz/
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Old November 22nd, 2005, 11:08 AM   #14
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How long does it take to travel between cities? What does inside look like? Any services (food, sleeper cars, observation cars)?

http://www.tranzrail.co.nz/
From what I remember, there are three main railway journey's in New Zealand. (NZ'ers, please correct me if I am wrong)

The biggest one is the "Overlander", previously called the Silverfern, connects the two largest cities, Auckland and Wellington. There is only 1 service a day, starting at 7:30am (or something like that) and it takes about 12hours for the 485km (which is a tad slow, as the Frankfurt - Berlin service which is of similar distance takes about 3.5hours and is not even considered a fast journey in Germany).

Now, I could be wrong here, but as far as I know, this is the only non-suburban train leaving Auckland. It must have been rather odd working in the original big train station in Auckland when there was only one train a day to work up for, but I suppose since they built the newer smaller station, and improved the suburban services, it may not feel so lonely there.

If you wanted to continue to Christchurch, you catch the Ferry from Wellington to Picton and then take the TranzCoastal. From my understanding though, the trains and ferry's don't match, so you would have to stay overnight and catch the Picton train at 1:00pm. It takes 6 and a half hours to Christchurch.

As far as I know, Christchurch is the only city with more than one train option. There are two. As well as the return trip to Picton (also once a day) there is also a daily service to Greymouth. Not much to see in Greymouth, but I would imagine the actual journey to be quite beautiful as it crosses the Southern Alps. It's about 4 to 5 hours long.
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 09:36 AM   #15
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It's hard to expect better travel times in the New Zealand network, with a small population and plenty of mountains, building lots of tunnels isn't going to work.

I travelled on the train from Wellington to Auckland a long time ago, but I remember a section which involved spiralling up a mountain at speeds that weren't that great. The main highway isn't much better either, two laned road most of the way except for motorway at either end and even hairpin turns exist.
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 12:49 PM   #16
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Wow, that's cool! I think I like NZ even more now than before I entered this thread. People who are from there must be proud.
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 02:39 PM   #17
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I expected more
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 04:08 PM   #18
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Keep in mind that most of the photos of trains are from Wellington, which with its rail and trolleybus network does very well for a city of 300,000. If you want to easily tell the difference - Wellington has trains powered by overhead wires, Auckland trains run on diesel.

Wellington probably has one of the best looking central stations too. I can't be bothered getting a photo, but it's something you'd expect to see from a much larger, busier city. It's got the best suburban rail network in New Zealand, and beats much larger cities like Adelaide too.

Many of Auckland's trains came from Perth after it electrified and expanded its network, which obviously made the diesel fleet redundant.
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 04:36 PM   #19
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 10:59 PM   #20
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Pictures of New ZealandTrains: http://www.smrailwayhobbies.co.nz/lo...20pictures.htm


Train at the Linden railway station on its way north from Wellington.
http://www.tawalink.com/linden_railway_station.html



Dunedin Station


From http://www.ravencruise.com/images/NZ...%20station.JPG

Auckland Commuter Train:
http://www.greatestcities.com/users/...land/Auckland/

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