[31], Sea Ports: KiwiRail has major freight yards and sidings at Lyttelton port Company (containers, logs, coal), Port Chalmers (containers), Southport (Bluff), Timaru, Port of Tauranga (Mt Maunganui and Sulphur Point), Ports of Auckland, Centreport (Wellington), Port of Napier and New Plymouth. Rail network controller, providing services such as train control and signalling. KiwiRail will improve its reliability and efficiency for customers by employing an all-diesel fleet on the North Island Main Trunk line, KiwiRail Chief Executive Peter Reidy says. [34], KiwiRail is a major land owner in New Zealand, and manages over 18 thousand hectares of land, has in excess of 1,500 property assets with a combined value of over $965 million (Annual Report 2016). Light shunting. In addition, DF 6133 was one of two locomotives to wear the Tasman Forestry livery, with brown long-hood and … A number of commentators,[7] including Winston Peters, view this as ironic. Freight wagons: KiwiRail operates 4,855 wagons. Ten are … [33], The Interislander operates three ferries. KiwiRail is considering replacing all 17 electric trains on the main trunk line between Auckland and Wellington with diesel engines. The New Zealand DX class locomotive is a type of 49 Co-Co diesel-electric locomotives that currently operate on New Zealand's national railway network.All locomotives are owned by KiwiRail.. [6] The new company was named KiwiRail and launched on 1 October 2008 at a ceremony at Wellington railway station. [28], Freight types: Bulk commodities include coal, logs, milk (dry and wet), IMEX (import/export intermodal) and domestic intermodal freight. Light shunting, positioned in smaller yards and leased to industrial customers. The Government’s commitment to fund the refurbishment of KiwiRail’s ageing electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk line will provide additional capacity as rail continues its freight growth, KiwiRail Acting Chief Executive Todd Moyle says. Many locomotives in KiwiRail’s fleet have considerable age and their technology is out of date. These are critical to boosting our busy North Island fleet, allowing a cascade of other locomotives to replace the oldest South Island engines, which average 46 years of age,” Mr Moyle says. Read more Value of Rail. Most rail operations are a 'there and back' service with motive power being held in a few key strategic locations. [5], On 1 July 2008, the government announced the purchase for $690 million of Toll Rail, the rail and ferry assets of Toll NZ, but not its trucking operation. Purchased by KiwiRail and first delivered in 2010, these were the first brand new locomotives to be introduced since the DF class over 30 years previously. A DL class diesel-electric locomotive, operated by KiwiRail, on display in Auckland, New Zealand during Auckland Anniversary weekend. Re-branded along with Interislander as the single brand The Great Journeys of New Zealand in 2017, KiwiRail Scenic Journeys is the long-distance passenger transport subsidiary of KiwiRail, operating the Capital Connection, Northern Explorer, TranzAlpine and Coastal Pacific. The New Zealand DL class of diesel-electric locomotives was manufactured for KiwiRail by CRRC Dalian with engines from MTU. Edendale - Taieri - Port Chalmers: export milk powder in containers. [14], The plan included the following points:[14], Two of KiwiRail's major customers, Mainfreight and Fonterra, invested heavily in rail-related infrastructure in line with the Turnaround Plan. As noted by the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU), the electric fleet locomotives are the second most modern mainline locomotive in KiwiRail’s fleet. Image Class Numbers Number in class Year(s) … The 2,050-kilowatt (2,750 hp) DX class diesel-electric locomotives, then the mainstay of the NIMT and only recently introduced themselves, could handle 720-tonne freight trains on the section, but could only average 27 kilometres per hour (17 mph) when climbing the 1 in 52 gradient of the Raurimu Spiral. See more ideas about train, locomotive, train pictures. Inland Ports: KiwiRail serves a number of Inland Port yards, although does not own the tracks. KiwiRail has business units of KiwiRail Freight, The Great Journeys of New Zealand and Interislander. KiwiRail, however, is sub-contracted by Transdev Wellington to provide and operate the diesel locomotives required to haul the Wairarapa Connection service. As part of the Turnaround Plan's agenda to standardise locomotives and wagons, in 2016 KiwiRail announced it would effectively switch off the NIMT electrification in late 2017 and replace the electric locomotives with an additional eight DL locomotives (additional to the 15 as reported in the 2016 Annual Report). Rail freight depots: KiwiRail has a total of 16 rail freight depots. They are the most powerful diesel-electric locomotives in service in New Zealand. Improve reliability, capacity and enabling investment: Increased renewals on "other key routes", including investment in sleeper replacement, bridge strengthening and track formation refurbishment. Prior to the establishment of KiwiRail, rail transport in New Zealand has been under both public and private ownership. KAIKOURA, NEW ZEALAND - DECEMBER 10: KiwiRail DXC 5520 Diesel Locomotive passenger train waiting at station A DL-class diesel-electric locomotive rolling through Tauranga, New Zealand. [4] After several years of negotiations, the two parties could not come to an agreement on the amount that Toll should pay. The union representing working people at KiwiRail is urging the state-owned enterprise to reject “dirty diesel” and re-invest in its electric locomotive fleet on the North Island Main Trunk line. The Engineering division provides mechanical assistance to the Freight and Passenger businesses, as well as to Auckland Transport. “We’re expecting KiwiRail to announce the fate of its electric locomotives on September 19,” said Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) General Secretary Wayne Butson. The South Island locos are up to 50 years old. KiwiRail now operates the Hutt Workshops in the Hutt Valley of Wellington, along with a number of small wagon maintenance depots, for example, at Addington (Christchurch) and Frankton. [27] A number of other projects are proposed under the draft plan. “With this funding KiwiRail will be able to refurbish the 15 locos – including working with a supplier to upgrade their electronic control systems – at our Hutt Workshops over the next three to four years. KiwiRail says its new order of 15 class DL diesel-electric locomotives will not predetermine their electric train service that runs between Hamilton and Palmerston North. An additional 120 wagons were acquired in the year ending 2016, with over 1,000 new wagons added since 2008. KiwiRail also has a joint venture with the Northland Regional Council to build a branch line (the Marsden Point Branch) to connect to Northport at Marsden Point.[32]. Refurbishing the electric locomotives is a valid commercial proposition. The 10 Year Turnaround Plan was quickly undermined by a series of adverse events, including: Partially as a response to the events outlined above, in the 2017 budget the government announced a further $450 million in capital funding for KiwiRail, and that the company's operations would be placed under another major review, believed to relate to future funding models. “During October 2018, KiwiRail took possession of 15 new locomotives which were ordered before the electric decision was made. The Brush Class EF electric locomotives dating from 1986-88 have become increasingly unreliable, and in December 2016 KiwiRail announced its intention to cease 25 kV 50 Hz operation on the route in favour of diesel haulage. Motive power stabling yards are as follows: Some of the more prominent rail facilities used by KiwiRail include: The table below lists only the current locomotives in service with KiwiRail. “This month, KiwiRail took possession of 15 new locomotives which were ordered before the EF decision was made. The engine, painted blue, can be seen through the open inspection hatches. Formerly large scale freight types such as petroleum products have entirely been withdrawn, and fertilizer has almost disappeared. KiwiRail chief executive Jim Quinn said that the first ten locomotives are already in operation after being delivered two months ago and several of the second tranche are operational. “But as we said at the time, this was not a forever decision and the Government’s commitment to invest $35 million in the refurbishment provides the certainty to continue their use for the near future. The plan has had mixed success, with company Chairman John Spencer stating in 2013 that for its first three years, rail freight revenue had increased by over 25%. [27], KiwiRail Freight is the company's largest business unit, making up the majority of KiwiRail's revenue with $390 million in the financial year ended July 2016. KiwiRail to retain and refurbish electric locomotives - International Railway Journal New Zealand’s state-owned operator KiwiRail has been given a $NZ 35m cash injection to refurbish its fleet of 30 year-old EF class electric locomotives In support of the turn-around plan, from July 2008 to December 2016 KiwiRail received over $2.1 billion of Crown investment, which was mostly spent on infrastructure and new rolling stock. Forty-four scrapped, twenty-eight preserved and one stored. These powerful locomotives were built in New Zealand for KiwiRail, and are primarily Port of Auckland, New Zealand, with tugboats and a locomotive. January 27 2019 KiwiRail Phase 1 - The first introduced KiwiRail livery, with DFT 7008 being the only example to receive it. Auckland - Christchurch: domestic general freight, mostly via 10', 20' and 40' containers and curtain-siders or box wagons. Improve exit and entry from Auckland and Wellington with improvements at terminals and on main lines to reduce transit times and conflicts with commuter services, Increase ferry rail-freight capacity by extending the length of the. Built: General Electric, United States of America Power output: 672kW. Purchased by KiwiRail and delivered in 2010, these are the first brand new locomotives to be introduced since the DF class over 30 years previously. These include Conlinxx (Wiri), Midland Port (Rolleston), Longburn International Freight Hub (Longburn, Palmerston North), Manawatu Inland Port (Palmerston North), MetroPort (Southdown in Auckland and Rolleston in Christchurch) and will include Ruakura (Hamilton) when it opens in 2019,[30] and Ports of Auckland's site at Horotiu in Hamilton. In the North Island, these are Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Napier, Whanganui, Palmerston North, and Masterton. Midland Line: Bulk export coal from north of Westport and Reefton, coal containers for Fonterra, dry and wet milk between Westland Dairy plants at Hokitika and Rolleston, export dry milk from Fonterra at Darfield. Sep 28, 2020 - Explore Kiwistar's board "KiwiRail" on Pinterest. Battery electric locomotives. KiwiRail uses electric locomotives on the main trunk line between Hamilton and Palmerston North. Refurbishing the electric locomotives is a valid commercial proposition. The current EF electric locomotives are noted in one of the leaked reports as having fundamentally a sound body, chassis and bogies. Suburban rail passenger operations in Auckland and Wellington are contracted by their respective local governments and not operated by KiwiRail. The Chinese built DLs cannot go above 80kph safely and will likely have a mush higher degree of wear and tear on the track – yet … We expect between four and eight new jobs will be created refurbishing the locomotives and the team which maintains and operates the electric locos will be increased back to its full staffing level. KiwiRail Holdings Limited is a New Zealand state-owned enterprise responsible for rail operations in New Zealand, and operates inter-island ferries. Seventeen classed as DCP. Currently the most powerful diesel locomotive in New Zealand, the class mainly sees service in the upper North Island on heavy freight trains. Improved IT systems and processes, equipment and facilities at terminals. 25 kV AC electric locomotives. By comparison the EF class electric locomotive on the NIMT is only 32 years old. The Norwegian coupling is progressively being replaced with automatic Janney coupler on all wagons. Provides rail operators with access to the rail network in return for the payment of track access charges. When using electric locomotives, KiwiRail currently operates a similar business model to Air NZ. [23] On 30 October 2018 that capital funding was made available to by the new Labour-led Coalition government to refurbish 15 of the surviving 20 EF locomotives at the Hutt Workshops extending the service life by 10 years for their continued use, in line with the Governments energy and emissions policies, and while the government is also actively considering extending the North Island electrification for the first time since the 1980s. The small fleet of almost 30 year old electric trains that currently operate only between Hamilton and Palmerston North will be phased out over the next two years and replaced with diesel locomotives . The New Zealand DC class locomotive is a type of diesel-electric mainline locomotive on the New Zealand rail network, operated by KiwiRail on freight trains, and formerly on long-distance passenger trains. Members of the public are accessing the cab via the staircase. These are critical to boosting our busy North Island fleet, allowing a cascade of other locomotives to replace the oldest South Island engines, which average 46 … The union representing rail workers says KiwiRail needs to be turned into a ‘public benefit entity’ so it can operate for the greater good of New Zealand. Mainline diesel-electric. The company has bought 20 electric trains. [8], Jim Bolger became the first chair of the KiwiRail board, a position he held until 1 July 2010. Development, maintenance and operation of all of New Zealand's main-line rail infrastructure (see. We take our environmental responsibilities seriously and are actively working to reduce our carbon footprint. 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The $450 million was earmarked for repairs following the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and for further locomotive and rolling stock purchases. Review of minor lines (close or mothball if no anchor customers emerge): Clarify and assign costs associated with Auckland and Wellington metro services (resulting in, Lengthy severing of the rail ferry link between the North and South Islands when the, Significant and lengthy problems with the new, Major rebuilding after fire damage and seven week closure of key freight route. They include a new train control centre in Auckland, replacing two Interislander ferries and rolling stock. [10] On 27 June 2012 it was announced by the company that the value of the land and rail operations would be written down from NZ$7.8 billion to $1.3 billion, and KiwiRail would continue as the rail and ferry operator, while the New Zealand Railways Corporation would manage KiwiRail's land. In particular, the smooth ride of the electric fleet indicates they are easy on the track despite their 18 tonne axle load. KiwiRail’s current electric locomotives are midlife and not at the end of their useful life as stated by KiwiRail in the briefing to the Minister. [4] The agreement set a base track access fee but left future track access fees open to negotiation between ONTRACK and Toll. Until 2016, KiwiRail division Tranz Metro had the contract to operate the Wellington services but lost a bid to renew this contract in 2015. Government operators included the Public Works Department (1873–1880), New Zealand Railways Department (1880–1982), and the New Zealand Railways Corporation (1982–1990). The passenger trains are predominantly patronized by tourists to NZ, with the exception of the Capital Connection, which is a commuter train. Steady and at times rapid progress has been made on the enabling parts of the Turnaround Plan, such as new locomotives and wagons, lengthening of the rail ferry and track destressing, but not always effectively. “Today’s decision highlights this Government’s commitment to the growth of rail in New Zealand and will extend the life of the electric locomotives (EFs) by 10 years. In 2010 KiwiRail released a 10-year turnaround plan and significant government investment in support of this in the years following. KiwiRail released a 10-Year Turn-around Plan in 2010 and has received significant government investment in support of this in an effort to make KiwiRail a viable long-term transport operator. Sub-classes: DFB (20) and DFT (10). In Auckland rolling stock is owned by Auckland Transport which has contracted operation to Transdev Auckland, while in Wellington rolling stock is owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council which has contracted operation to Transdev Wellington. Mainline diesel-electric. [12], In 2010 KiwiRail released a 10-year turnaround plan and significant government investment in support of this in the years following. Sub-classes: DXB (14), DXC (32), DXR (2). In 2012 KiwiRail attempted to sell Tranz Scenic,[37] but was unsuccessful, and KiwiRail continues to run these services. Auckland's commuter trains are temporarily operating at slower speeds while this urgent work is carried out. Six stored, two scrapped and two under overhaul. [26] The draft plan proposes a number of major changes, the most significant being future funding of the rail network through the National Land Transport Fund. [11] The de-merger took effect on 31 December 2012. [24], KiwiRail has made use of the Government's Provincial Growth Fund (PGF). The steep topography in the central North Island section of NIMT is covered by powerful electrics and the flatter country is served by the less powerful diesels. When it said it was going to switch to diesel, the Rail and Maritime Transport Union accused it of "environmental terrorism". KiwiRail’s best locomotive, the DX class diesel-electric locomotive, was introduced in 1972 and received a comprehensive overhaul in 2006 – 34 years after introduction. One scrapped, one stored, and one under overhaul. Two under overhaul to DFB, and one stored. [13], The focus of the Plan is to increase rail traffic volumes, revenue and productivity, modernise assets and separate out the commercial elements of the business from the non-commercial. KiwiRail Phase 2 - The revised livery, which is now the most common livery on the class. “As part of that decision, we committed to continuing to maintain the overhead cables and electric infrastructure on the NIMT, which left the way open for future use if desired. Trading as KiwiRail and headquartered in Wellington, New Zealand, KiwiRail is the largest rail transport operator in New Zealand. In 2012, KiwiRail announced it was putting its Hillside Engineering division on the market. KiwiRail would be replacing and repurposing old and outdated stock, with more than 100 new locomotives and 900 new container wagons to be ordered and in place by the end of 2023. A KiwiRail locomotive Photo: SUPPLIED The decision would effectively mothball the electrified section of the North Island … They are due for replacement soon. One of KiwiRail's stated aims is to progressively move towards standardized wagons, with the container flat-top being overwhelmingly the dominant type (fitted with curtain sided swap bodies, liquid containers, log cradles and so on to meet almost all freight tasks). New Zealand Rail Limited was split off from the Railways Corporation (which continued to own the land beneath the rail network) in 1990, privatised in 1993 and then renamed in 1995 to Tranz Rail. The division is now experiencing rapid double-digit annual growth, due to the growth of Chinese tourism to New Zealand, so much so that Kiwirail in 2017 may purchase an additional eight carriages [38] to the 17 AK carriages purchased in 2012. Built by GE Transportation in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States, they were introduced to New Zealand between 1972 and 1976. The KiwiRail Infrastructure and Engineering division, formerly known as ONTRACK, has three main areas of operation: The network it is responsible for consists of: The divisions current (2016/2017) major project is refurbishment work in the Kaimai tunnel. It operates ferry services across Cook Strait between Wellington in the North Island and Picton in the South Island. Forty-four scrapped, thirteen stored, six sold overseas, and four preserved. There are 16 operating electric locomotives. Electric locomotives to continue with Government investment. 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