Wellington


Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, has the countrys' best transit facilities, however it is the second largest city after Auckland. New Zealand's transit operations comprise of buses, and Trolleybuses now contracted out to the British Stagecoach Company, but previously operated by the Wellington City Council. Wellington currently has New Zealand's only electric suburban rail network, with 2 main lines (Paraparaumu, on the North Island Main Trunk), Upper Hutt (on the Masterton Line) and the original main North Line via Johnsonville. The Upper Hutt line also has branch from Petone to Melling which has a peak hour only service. All services on this line are operated by the fleet of English Electric EMU's that have been around since electification of this line in 1938. While most have had several refurbishments, a few sets still operate in the old NZR red colour scheme. The unrefurbished sets also supplement the Hungarian built Ganz-Mavag EMU's on peak hour services on the other lines to Paraparaumu, Upper Hutt & the peak hour only served Melling line. The main reason these sets have survived as long as they have is the low clearance restrictions on the Johnsonville Line tunnels and the inability of the Ganz-Mavag sets to pass through a number of them. These services are provided by New Zealand's National Rail Service, TranzRail now a division of the Wisconsin Central Railroad. It was formerly operated by CityRail, a division of New Zealand Railways. The re-organisation of the buses happened in 1993, while the rail sell-off happened in 1995.


Photo Gallery

TranzRail Metro(NZR) TrainsAn unrefurbished English Electric EMU awaits departure from Wellington Station on a peak hour working on the Hutt Valley Line. June 1992
A refurbished English Electric EMU awaits departure from Wellington Station's Platform 1 on a Johnsonville Line service. June 1992
A refurbished English Electric EMU arrives at Wellington Station at the completion of a Johnsonville Line service. June 1992
Two Ganz Mavag Sets arriving in parallel at Wellington Station during a morning peak hour in June 1992
A Ganz Mavag Set led by EM1289 arriving at Wellington Station. June 1992
A Ganz Mavag Set led by EM1367 lays over at Upper Hutt. June 1992
An unrefurbished 3 car set of English Electric EMU's including D2462 is stabled at Wellington Stn. 11/10/1999.
An unrefurbished 6 car set of English Electric EMU's including D2687 is stabled at Wellington Stn. 11/10/1999.
A refurbished 2 car English Electric EMU including D2735 is at Johnsonville waiting for departure to Wellington. 11/10/1999.
Seven years later, EM1396 lays over at the same location as EM1367. 11/10/1999.
EM1407 and trailer about to terminate at Wellington Stn. 11/10/1999.
Refurbished EM1459 & trailer pass the Cook Strait Ferry Terminal heading to Wellington from Upper Hutt. 13/10/1999.
ET3373 is laying over at Wellington Stn Platform 2 at the lead of 3 other 2 car sets. 11/10/1999.
ET3396 & power car waiting for departure to Paraparaumu at Wellington Stn Platform 4. 11/10/1999.
Six roads of Wellington EMU's stabled at Wellington Stn for the evening peak hour. 11/10/1999.

Stagecoach(WCC) Diesel & Trolley BusesMAN SL202's 141 & 161 together with Volvo Trolleybus 247 await their next turn of service at Lambton Quay, on a very dark morning in June 1992.
Trolleybus 202 at Newtown Park Terminus, June 1992
Trolleybus 256 approaching Newtown Park Terminus, June 1992
Trolleybus 264 stands with other Trolleybuses and Leyland Leopard Diesels at Lambton Quay Terminus, City, June 1992
Another view of 264, with 266 & 267 at Lambton Quay. June 1992
The drivers seat of Trolleybus 241. June 1992.
Trolleybus 204 is on Dixon St in the Te Aro district. 12/10/1999.
Trolleybus 226 has just turned from Courtenay Place into Kent Terrace in the Mt Victoria district. 12/10/1999.
Trolleybus 232 is leading a white liveried Leyland Leopard along a narrow section of Lambton Quay in Central Wellington. 12/10/1999.
On this day a stop work meeting of drivers was held from 10:00-14:00.Trolleybus 236 rests with a lineup of sister vehicles at the Lambton Quay terminal near the Railway Station. 12/10/1999.
Trolleybus 240 is on Cambridge Tce heading for the Railway Stn. 13/10/1999.
Trolleybus 246 on Lambton Quay near Ballance St. 12/10/1999.
Trolleybus 248 was left powered on during the stop work meeting unlike 236 and several others. 12/10/1999.
Trolleybus 251 is on Cambridge Tce heading for the Railway Stn. 12/10/1999.
Trolleybus 252 is at the Lyall Bay terminus. 12/10/1999.
252 has now departed for the city from Lyall Bay. 12/10/1999.
Trolleybus 252 seen again, this time on Dixon Street. 12/10/1999.
253 is being trailed by an MAN 11-190 600 low-floor midi on Dixon St. 12/10/1999.
Trolleybus 256 is on Cambridge Tce heading for the Railway Stn. 13/10/1999.
Trolleybus 259 is loading at Courtenay Pl bound for the Railway. 12/10/1999.
Trolleybus 264 is at Courtenay Pl waiting to turn to Kent Tce. 12/10/1999.
Trolleybus 266 and a sister vehicle are turning from Courtenay Pl to Kent Tce. 11/10/1999.
Trolleybus 273 pausing at Courtenay Pl before continuing to Island Bay. 12/10/1999.
Leyland Leopard 468 is performing a school charter as it heads along Kent Tce. 12/10/1999.
Leyland Leopard 478 still in the Wellington City Transport livery at Courtenay Pl. 11/10/1999.


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