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Old July 9th, 2014, 10:41 PM   #61
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Tranz Alpine Express - Christchurch to Greymouth Train

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Old July 9th, 2014, 10:45 PM   #63
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New Zealand - TranzCoastal Train

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Old September 4th, 2014, 12:35 PM   #64
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Chinese-built trains pulled from service in New Zealand amid asbestos fears

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KiwiRail in New Zealand has pulled 40 locomotives from service after asbestos was discovered in them – in breach of a contract with the Chinese supplier.

The locomotives have been removed on safety grounds until tests have been completed, after “routine testing of a paint sample indicated the possible presence of asbestos”, said KiwiRail.

The DL locomotives were built and supplied by China-based Dalian Locomotive and Rolling Stock Company Ltd, which confirmed the presence of “white asbestos” in a soundproofing compound, according to KiwiRail. [CONT]
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Old October 5th, 2014, 06:09 AM   #65
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An short update to the posts at the beginning of this thread, about electrification of New Zealand's North Island Main Trunk Line (Auckland-Wellington):

In 2011 the Wellington Regional Council extended the 1500v DC catenary north to Waikanae. That leaves a gap of approximately 80 km to the 25kV electrification between Palmerston North and Hamilton, over the central volcanic plateau.

Auckland's commuter rail electrification ran 25kV AC catenary south to Papakura. A further ~20km of electrification south to Pukekohe was put on Auckland Transport's 10-year plan in 2012. If completed, that will leave a gap of approximately 80 km to Te Rapa, the northern edge of the central 25 kV electrification.

Neither gap is at all likely to be electrified under the Key government.
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Old March 30th, 2015, 01:30 AM   #66
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In the Gotthard Base Tunnel thread, Coccodrillo was talking about tunnel floors being lowered to allow higher freight loads to travel these routes.

This reminded me of a project that was done a few years ago in the Manawatu Gorge, which is close to where I live.

Of the five railway tunnels in the Manawatu Gorge, the two longest ones had their floors lowered by about 500 mm. The three short tunnels (each only about 40 metres long), were all daylighted.

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In the 1980's, the NIMT electrification between Palmerston North and Hamilton required all the older tunnels (built in the days of steam trains) to have their floors lowered to make enough room to install overhead cantenary. About six shorter tunnels were daylighted.
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 06:52 PM   #67
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Old September 19th, 2015, 01:13 PM   #68
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 10:51 AM   #70
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This is quite intriguing news, considering the lengths that Auckland is striving to electrify the Public Transport Rail Network at the moment.

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KiwiRail to end electric freight haulage
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21 Dec 2016


Following two years of studies, national railway KiwiRail announced on December 21 that it had decided to cease electric haulage of freight trains on the North Island Main Trunk line in favour of using diesel locomotives.

Electric traction will be phased out over the next two years, but the 25 kV 50 Hz infrastructure is to remain in place and will be maintained ‘to a safe standard for any future use’.

The central 410 km Hamilton – Palmerston North section of the 680 km Wellington – Auckland NIMT is electrified, and Chief Executive Peter Reidy said this meant that KiwiRail is currently running ‘a railway within a railway’, and ‘that’s not efficient, it’s more costly and ultimately delivers a less reliable service’.

Electrification of the entire NIMT was costed at an unaffordable NZ$1bn, and so KiwiRail had investigated options to upgrade the fleet of 16 Brush Class EF electric locomotives dating from 1986-88, replace them with new or second-hand electric locos or replace them with diesels.

KiwiRail said that on average its electric locos were breaking down every 30 000 km, compared to a fleet target of 50 000 km. Only eight extra diesel locos would be needed to replace them, as existing locomotives would be used more efficiently.

KiwiRail said environmental factors had been taken into account alongside the ‘driving factors’ of reliability and performance improvement for customers. ‘Without a reliable and efficient service, our customers will not move freight on rail and every tonne of freight moved by rail delivers a 66% reduction in carbon emissions from road’, said Reidy. ‘We looked long and hard at the electric options and for our business, and most importantly our customers, they just did not stack up. Ultimately the high costs of a new or refurbished electric fleet couldn’t be justified, while the gains to be made from standardising our fleet were very compelling.’

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Old December 22nd, 2016, 04:41 PM   #71
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I find the $1 billion hard to believe. All they really need to do is extend north to connect to Auckland. A single change to diesel on the south side would be acceptable, I would think, for such time as it took for the Wellington system to extend north (which is probably inevitable). If they bought twin-voltage electrics now, then they could just have diesel helpers over the southern gap and be perfectly fine.
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This is a great video about KiwiRail's efforts to reopen the South Island's Main North Line after the Kaikoura Earthquake.

KiwiRail restore freight services on Main North line
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I find the $1 billion hard to believe. All they really need to do is extend north to connect to Auckland. A single change to diesel on the south side would be acceptable, I would think, for such time as it took for the Wellington system to extend north (which is probably inevitable). If they bought twin-voltage electrics now, then they could just have diesel helpers over the southern gap and be perfectly fine.
I agree. I think a lot of this is political pressure on KiwiRail, and a deliberately extremely narrow interpretation of it's SOE status. Rogernomics killed NZR, and it's ghost is killing KiwiRail too.

Infill electrification of the NIMT and using dual-voltage locos is a no brainer, especially as it allows for using EMUs for an improved Capital Connection service pretty much for free, as well as making the rather obviously needed Auckland-Hamilton commuter service possible at higher quality and lower cost than it would otherwise be.
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