Last Thursday at the signing of the contract for Auckland’s electric trains some technical information was handed out, which I don’t think has been made available elsewhere yet. It’s an interesting read for those curious about the technical details of the trains. Here’s a summary: Most of the details are things that we would expect to see from modern, world-class, trains. I am happy to hear that the door width will be increased a bit from what we currently have, to aid faster boarding and alighting.
Notes on the technical details are included below: Getting from 0-60 in almost half the time it takes our current trains will probably be the biggest advantage of the electric trains, and this faster acceleration is highlighted by the 10 minute time savings made from a trip between Britomart and Papakura.
One interesting development is that it would seem the latest thinking is to operate the diesel shuttle services with ADL trains (the smaller ones that currently operate the Onehunga Line services) rather than with locomotive-hauled SA/SD trains.This makes some sense as the ADLs are probably cheaper to operate than the SA/SD trains. However, it does mean that we will end up with a heck of a lot of surplus carriages by 2015 once the full rollout of the electric trains comes online and in service. One does wonder what use they will be put to, as they have quite a bit of life left in them.