KiwiRail is giving the public a taste of what it’s like to be a train driver this Auckland Anniversary Weekend, with its locomotive simulator set to make an appearance at Ports of Auckland’s SeePort event.
The simulator looks like a freight container but contains a classroom and cab, where Locomotive Engineers (train drivers) are tested on how they handle various situations and environments they face on the job. This can include everything from general train handling skills through to specific situations like driving a heavy coal train through the steep Otira Tunnel.
KiwiRail uses the simulator for training new engineers as well as up-skilling experienced drivers. As there are almost 400 Locomotive Engineers at KiwiRail (including trainees and team leaders), the simulator is usually tied up in training, so it’s always a popular attraction when it makes one of its rare public appearances.
Those who would like to experience the simulator can find it at SeePort daily between 10am and 4pm this Anniversary Weekend (27-29 January). Children are welcome to use the simulator as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
SeePort is Ports of Auckland’s annual open weekend at Captain Cook Wharf. It features a summer carnival atmosphere with interactive games, food stalls and family entertainment.
For further information see www.seeport.co.nz