One of the world’s great scenic train trips has just become even better, following the introduction of KiwiRail’s brand new scenic carriages to the iconic TranzAlpine journey between Christchurch and Greymouth.
KiwiRail is increasing its fares for the Coastal Pacific train service between Christchurch and Picton to bring it into line with fares for the Northern Explorer and TranzAlpine trains.
KiwiRail’s new Northern Explorer train service between Auckland and Wellington will have two more stops added to the timetable at Papakura and Paraparaumu to accommodate for the large catchments of people in Auckland South and Wellington North.
Drivers and pedestrians throughout Auckland can cross the railway tracks more safely now that all road and pedestrian level crossings on the Auckland rail commuter network have been fitted out with automatic alarm systems.
KiwiRail’s progress towards becoming a sustainable business is well underway reporting revenue growth of 7.2% or almost $50 million.
Additional safety measures in the form of half arm barriers were installed at the Purnell Street level crossing in Wanganui this week.
KiwiRail’s all new Northern Explorer train service was launched on Monday, departing Britomart Station in Auckland with its first passengers.
Wellington commuters were treated to muffins and cake as they passed through Wellington Railway Station to mark the building’s 75th birthday.
Public road level crossing collision figures have hit an all-time low as we observe International level crossing awareness day.
KiwiRail’s youngest locomotive engineer (train driver), Todd Hewetson completed his trainings and taken his first run in sole charge of a freight train one week before his 21st birthday.
KiwiRail’s new North Island train service, which will begin service in the middle of this year, has been given a new name – Northern Explorer.
KiwiRail is making changes to the train service between Wellington and Auckland to transform the service into an internationally recognised tourism product. The Overlander currently runs a daily service during summer months and three days a week during winter using carriages that are up to 60 years old. The new service, which will be rebranded and will use new purpose built carriages, is planned to begin operation on Monday 25 June.