Trains started running again on some lines yesterday marking the end of the Christmas shut down for some sections of the network and passengers at a few of those stations will have seen a new sight as well as a bit of a milestone, the first completed sections of overhead wire. The first few wires were actually put up a month or two ago but only now have some sections had the contact wire installed (the part that the train touches). This has been completed out west near Swanson as well as down the Onehunga line which will actually be the first section to be powered up, which will happen in April.
As you can see this are certainly going to change the rail landscape around the city and I guess my only concern is that there will be some people who think that this adds a lot of visual pollution and will get vocal about it, especially once they reach the Orakei basin but by that time it will luckily be far to late. On the other hand it will also act as a great advertisement of the rail network which will assist the ‘sparks effect’ to drive up patronage.
Also of note the new signalling system has also gone live out to Swanson which means that there is only Wiri to Papakura to go 🙂