Patrick and I were there today to see the official launch of the mock up for our new electric trains. It was unveiled by Len Brown and also present was the Spanish high commissioner, representives from CAF, the Auckland Transport board and many of the senior leadership team who had just come from their monthly board meeting. As you can see there have been a few changes to colours since we first saw it last week. The light blue and black on the sides has been replaced by dark blue which looks much nicer. The new AT logo has also made another appearance emblazoned on the aside. Another change has been the addition of a red stripe along the top which is another safety feature (i.e. Don’t go above the line when the train is under wires).
And here is the inside. Fairly nice and I like the blue seats. I’m not so keen on the greeny/yellow ones though. I found the step up to the high floor section not to be an issue. Another good point is that they have retained having carpet inside, it is the same pattern as exists in the trains now but a lighter colour and much better than vinyl our something similar. Lastly perhaps one minor disappointment is there is no ledge along the side of the train like exists now to holds the seats up, it’s a disappointment only because I love to rest a foot on it when sitting next to the window.
And for the drivers or those aspiring to be one, here is a shot of the cab.
All up the thing it pretty nice and it will be great to see then on the tracks, the first one is due to start arrive after the middle of next year with the first units in service in early 2014.
I’m not sure if the general public will get a chance for a look but I will let you know