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11 June 2014

KiwiRail is today moving a special consignment between Christchurch and Dunedin - 70 bikes donated in Christchurch to individuals and families in Dunedin.

21 May 2014

KiwiRail can confirm that a coal train, with 26 wagons, has been involved in a collision at 12.52pm this afternoon with a vehicle at the Landing Creek Road level crossing near Reefton. The train was heading towards Westport.

27 March 2014

KiwiRail will operate special rail services for its Northland customers this weekend and is reminding motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to take care at level crossings in the region. 

7 March 2014

Laboratory testing of samples taken by an independent tester indicates that no airborne asbestos fibres or asbestos dust has been found to be present in 33 of the 40 Chinese built KiwiRail DL locomotives.

4 March 2014

Testing of 33 of the 40 DL Locomotives has been completed and sent for analysis to an accredited laboratory. The full results are expected by the end of this week. The locomotives were grounded last Friday, after confirmation was received that a sound proofing compound used in them contained asbestos.

3 March 2014

KiwiRail expects to begin considering  results from testing of its  DL Freight locomotives  tomorrow, after receiving confirmation late last Thursday that a small percentage of asbestos had been used in a soundproofing compound.

1 March 2014

KiwiRail is carrying out urgent testing to ensure our staffs’ safety after manufacturers confirmed the soundproofing compound used in its DL locomotives includes a small proportion of asbestos. 


21 February 2014

Rail freight movements between the Ports of Auckland’s seaport and its inland freight hub at Wiri have doubled, with further growth in traffic being signalled over the next two years.

26 August 2013

KiwiRail’s second generation DL Locomotives were officially launched today in Auckland by the Minister of Transport, Hon Gerry Brownlee.

4 June 2013

Heavier and longer freight trains are now travelling around the lower North Island due to a growing international demand for export logs.

15 August 2012

Dedicated overnight rail freight services are being introduced between Auckland and Palmerston North in September.

19 July 2012


KiwiRail is disappointed in claims being made  that the rail business  is  "...handing  Fonterra everything it wants...".

24 May 2012

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.

9 May 2012

A small piece of new business from Express Couriers Ltd sends a signal that KiwiRail is back in the game when it comes to time critical.

6 March 2012

KiwiRail will shortly begin hauling logs from Wairarapa to Wellington by rail as part of a joint venture with lower North Island forestry exporters and CentrePort.

6 March 2012

Further investment is to be made in the busy East Coast Main Trunk (ECMT) rail line between Hamilton and Tauranga to ensure it can continue to meet increasing customer demand for additional rail freight services.

26 January 2012

KiwiRail is reminding motorists, cyclists  and pedestrians to take care at level crossings in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions now there are extra trains running between Hamilton, Tauranga and Mt Maunganui.