Auckland rail electrification
KiwiRail has now completed the majority of work involved to prepare the Auckland rail network for electric trains. This project began in 2011 and has involved more than 34,000 construction hours to install 3,500 foundations and masts, carrying 560km of overhead lines across 175km of railway tracks. With the infrastructure now in place, KiwiRail’s focus is to support Auckland Transport’s staged introduction of electric trains.
The electrified network extends from Papakura in the south to Swanson in the west, and includes the Onehunga Branch Line and Manukau Rail Link. Trains are powered from a wire held overhead by masts and cantilevers.
A total of 57 new electric trains will be progressively introduced across the Auckland network through until mid-2015. For more information about the staged introduction of electric trains, click here.