September 16, 2013

Auckland unveils new suburban emus

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Auckland unveils new suburban emus Auckland Transport

THE Mayor of Auckland Mr Len Brown has officially unveiled the first emu for Auckland Transport, 57 of which were ordered from CAF in October 2011 as part of the $NZ 1.6bn ($US 1.3bn) upgrading and electrification of the city's suburban rail network.

The 25kV train was delivered to the port of Auckland on August 24 and transferred to the new purpose-built depot at Wiri, where it was unveiled to dignitaries and the media on September 12. The trains will be maintained by the manufacturer at Wiri until at least 2026.

Each three-car set accommodates up to 375 passengers, which according to Auckland Transport is a 40% increase over the capacity of the dmus and locomotive-hauled trains they will replace.

The trains will enter commercial service on a line-by-line basis, and the final set is due to be delivered in 2015.

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