A truly great red letter day for Rail in Auckland, New Zealand today 27 April 2014.
Auckland’s electric trains are finally launched today with public running of the first celebration services on 27 April. On Monday 28 April the first timetabled services will run from Onehunga to Britomart station, Auckland Central and the line will hence forth be fully be operationally electrified. This is especially poignant as this was the first public railway in the North Island of New Zealand back in the 1870's.
This is a great achievement after so many people battling for so many years have fought for to upgrade Auckland’s Rail network. Whilst a little sad not to be in Auckland to share this great day I am very happy that it has at last arrived. There is still a while to go before the whole electrified network is operational, another year or so, but it is truly great to see at last.
The Youtube video is particularly pleasing as it shows how Auckland passenger rail has matured and now attracts a varied clientele, something we were all fighting for in the New Zealand Rail industry for so many years. Well done New Zealand and especially well done to Auckland for getting there at last.
Now let’s look to the future and get the City Rail underground link built as quickly as possible to truly make the network world class. From there - well let us have a vision for rail to the airport and even maybe eventually the North Shore.
The Youtube promotion links are here (longer) and
here for the TV advertisement