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Electric trains

Auckland's electric trains make rail travel more attractive. The trains are faster, quieter and more energy-efficient, and feature the latest developments in technology and safety.

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Free rides

Five thousand Aucklanders will get a free inaugural ride on the new electric trains after the official launch on Sunday 27 April. The tickets, each for a scheduled trip on the new electric units were snapped up in a few hours last weekend.

Normal services

Normal paying services will start on Monday morning 28 April on the Onehunga line into Britomart. Aucklanders can try the trains then.

Please consider travelling off peak (9am-4pm) where possible. 

A history of rail

Public Transport has been running in Auckland since 1850 - in those days buses were drawn by two horses.   With the launch of our new electric trains, passengers will travel smoothly and speedily through Auckland by powerful electric motors with the power of two thousand horses.

All about the new trains

See the video

View the Television Commercial we produced to introduce the trains.

A Timeline for Electric Trains

Dates have been set for introduction of the new trains onto Auckland suburban lines but may be varied closer to the launch date

28 April 2014
First electric trains into service on the Onehunga Line

Late 2014
Eastern Line: Manukau to Britomart via Panmure and Glen Innes

Early/Mid 2015
Southern Line: Papakura to Britomart via Newmarket

Mid/Late 2015
Western Line: Swanson/Henderson to Britomart

Auckland's first electric trains will result in a major improvement to the level of passenger service on the suburban rail network will encourage more people to switch from car to public transport.

The trains travel faster than the current fleet, allowing services to run more often and get passengers to their destinations quicker (eg. they will be able to shave approximately 10 minutes off the travel from Papakura to Britomart). 

Features and benefits

  • Fifty-seven brand new electric trains comprising 2 motor cars and 1 trailer car
  • Each train carries up to 375 passengers
  • Electric trains offer a faster, more-frequent service
  • The trains are environmentally friendly: energy-efficient, quieter, and produce no air pollution
  • Ensuring passengers are comfortable and safe is also a key objective in the design.

Please click through the slideshow below to see pictures of the train's interior.

A depot to maintain the new trains has been constructed at Wiri in South Auckland. Find out more about the new depot.


The new electric train service will commence in on April 28 2014, with the fleet progressively introduced across Auckland through 2014 and 2015.

Project details

In October 2011, Auckland Transport signed a supply agreement with Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles in Spain to purchase one hundred and seventy-one stainless steel cars. This equates to 57 complete trains comprising two motor cars at either end of the train and one trailer car in the middle (known as a "three-car train set").

The new electric trains will meet the latest international standards for bodyshell design to ensure the safety of passengers and crew is paramount.

Operating features

  • Electric Train Pantograph 2The maximum operating speed is 110km/hr, however, the average operating speed will be less than this;
  • To provide improvements to efficiency each train has regenerative braking, allowing energy to be produced by the train and fed back into the 25kv supply - a recovery of up to 20% of the energy used;
  • Noise reduction: the 25kV power supply means that the trains are very quiet both externally and internally – a very important consideration for people living and working near the rail network;
  • Sliding plug-type doors provide a good weather and sound proof seal;
  • There's no air pollution because the trains are electric and there are no exhaust fumes.
  • The electric trains have a special coupling to allow them to link with diesel locomotives for easy haulage in event of a major power outage.

Passenger features

  • Each train seats 232 passengers and standing room for more;
  • Fresh, modern décor and non-slip flooring;
  • The new trains will have wider doors than the current trains making passenger flow on and off the trains easier and faster and easier for people with disabilities;
  • Wheelchair And BikeWheelchair users and others who are mobility impaired will be able to use automatic ramps on the central carriage doors providing a seamless transition between the platform and the train;
  • The central carriage will be at platform level making it easier to take push chairs or bicycles onto the train;
  • Open gangways between cars allowing movement from one end of the train to the other;
  • Space under seats for luggage, folding bikes, guide dogs etc.;
  • All doors have obstacle detection systems so they automatically open and re-close if something is trapped in the door;
  • State-of-the-art air-conditioning to ensure the train interior is comfortable for passengers and crew through the range of Auckland weather conditions;
  • International best practice passenger information systems will ensure that both audio and visual information is easy to understand; contrasting within the interior is designed to assist the visually impaired.

Security Features

  • An onboard CCTV camera system will operate continuously in all cars, providing images to the driver from any of the 16 cameras within a train (images will be continuously recorded onboard and will be available for investigation following any incident);
  • Emergency call points throughout the train, will allow passengers to communicate directly with the train crew in the event of an incident;
  • All doors feature obstacle detection so that if something becomes jammed in the door it will open and re-close.

Technical specifications

  • 155 tonnes (weight of 3 cars, fully loaded);
  • Overall length: 72m (3 cars);
  • Power supply: 25kV AC overhead supply;
  • 12 doors (4 per car) with 1.45m open width;
  • Maximum acceleration rate: 1m/s/s;
  • Maximum braking rate: 1m/s/s.

Need more information?

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