Photo of the day: EMU vs motorway

A great photo from Alex Burgess today showing one of our new electric trains in testing/driver training alongside SH1. The first trains enter service to Onehunga on April 28th.

EMU Southern Motorway

57 comments to Photo of the day: EMU vs motorway

  • simon

    When was the photo taken thanks

  • William M

    Didn’t realise they were testing during the day on weekdays…

  • Andrew J

    Testing is done at night, Driver Training on commissioned sets (generally) during the day.

  • Greg N

    Has this one got a different front cab “nose” from the original EMUs – it looks less “swept back” on the front windscreen than the earlier photos/mockups did.
    Or is it just the angle of the photo.

    Look forward to the day when I can actually ride one – hopefully not too far off…

  • Max

    Ironically, one of the things I saw in this image is “Yes, there is space along there for a southern cycleway after all 😉

    • Why would you want to ride there?

      • Max

        Because the alternatives are much, much worse, and because I like riding next to trains?

      • Max

        Of course I get your underlying comment. But for an urban cycleway in this corridor, they’d basically have to decide to narrow Great South Road. I can’t see them doing that any time soon. And I hate cycling in bus lanes.

        • Max,

          Nevermind the corridor. See the houses to the left of the frame? I’ll settle for being able to ride a bike freely all over that neighbourhood. And the one next to it. And the next. To the train station(s) in the area, to the local centres, and so on.

          Having said that, even if it isn’t on your agenda, right-sizing relevant parts of GSR ought to be a high priority within such a development programme by the city. Cycling in bus lanes needn’t be.

          I hope you’ll come around to this more positive vision for the future, but more than that I hope we can get through to AT regardless.

          • Max

            You still believe I have a different vision than you. No – I am just more pessimistic (or as I would call it, realistic) about how many intermediate steps / years we will need before we get there.

            My appetite for larger meals grows with change, yours is already full-sized. You may feel happier (or more virtuous) that way, but I don’t see you being more successful in gathering food with that stance. Yet you keep trying to convince others that your way is better. Well, that’s your right.

          • Max,

            Yes, it is a different vision: you seem to endorse a cycle network whose most defining characteristic is the unimpeded convenience of operating a car. I’d rather advocate for gradually developing (or repairing) urban form that would optimise riding a bike or walking for short trips, complementing passenger transit. And for deploying this work across the city in the most democratic order possible.

            While the vision for the end result is — and must be — a “full-sized meal”, the means to get there still should be rational increments. In this case, I suggested improving one small neighbourhood at a time, leveraging the local train station(s) at their core. (And yes, it could touch an arterial on the way.) This is not what a parallel rail trail outside the street network provides.

            I am always struck by the mutually-constraining pessimism for future goals, versus the expiatory optimism for past and present failures, that you propose. Surely it ought to be the other way around?

  • HelgaA

    Yes! A cycleway to join up with the Hauraki trail, eventually….

  • Steve N

    Looking forward to a photo of one of these at Britomart amongst the old dungers – a rose amongst the thorns.

  • pete g

    Can’t wait to see a picture of an Emu gliding past a wall of stationary traffic during rush hour.

    The dom post did a shot of the maitangis vs the morning rush a few weeks ago. Surprised they ran it given their road building views

  • Max

    Kind of a shame they can’t just slap them on the rails in the Port and send them on their way. Their first trip in NZ has to be on trucks 🙁

    • Gary Young

      I was just thinking that would be a good idea but then realised, of course, you wouldn’t be able to transfer containers between trucks and rail if there were wires in the way.

  • Can’t wait. Has there been a test run into Britomart yet?

  • Justin Roy

    I saw it today i was in the white BMW. the lettering on front nose should be in black cause you can’t see it

  • exaucklanderinsydney

    When oh when are we going to see pics and/or video of a coupled 6 car EMU in action? 🙂

  • Jon Reeves

    This makes the motorway look like old technology!

    • Dave B (Wellington)

      It has often struck me as biizarre that the railway was invented first, with its orderliness, regulation and control. And then along came mass road transport with its haphazardness, disorderliness and lack-of-regulation. It would have been far more logical for the primitive to have evolved into the organised.

  • Two more trains have arrived in the country today too.

  • simon

    Britomart is live now.Two shutdowns ago and they could take a train if the wanted too

  • TC

    Britomart isn’t live yet. They tried to turn the power on a few weeks back but the overhead tripped out so they are having to fix a few things before the can commission it full time. Hopefully it won’t take them too long though

  • simon

    Thanks for that .Still a bit to on the network with eastern and western lines.With two more trains here now,fleet is growing

  • Anthony McBride

    I don’t know why, but that messy, patchy grass between the tracks and the motorway bothers me. :l

    • Well it might change in the next few years as the NZTA want to make the northbound section a full four lanes between EP highway and Greenlane. The fourth lane would be an auxiliary one like on the section between Greenlane and Market Rd. This is why the NZTA paid for the Ellerslie Station platform to be narrowed down.

      • Glen

        Work seems to have begun on this project. There are workmen out most mornings around the Ellerslie Main Highway overbridge pier and a temporary wooden fence between the pier and the railway line has appeared. I would imagine they’re working on shifting the pier towards the railway lines to make space for the extra motorway lane.

      • Anthony McBride

        I’d rather see I third rail dedicated for freight passing through there….Oh well.

  • Luke Christensen

    Driver training on EMU’s everyday it seems now. Leave Wiri about 10am once timetable frequency drops and shuttle to Newmarket, and sometimes down to Onehunga. Are so quiet was standing on Westfield over bridge looking at phone and didn’t notice one was there until was under the over bridge!

  • Malcolm M

    Auckland has been neck-in-neck with Adelaide in electrifying their suburban rail systems. Both cities have a similar population, both about 10m suburban rail passengers per year, and in both cities most people think nothing of driving to CBD. (Whereas in Sydney or Melbourne it’s generally only those whose parking is paid for by their employer who even consider driving.)

    Adelaide’s first 2 or 3 electric trains started operating in late February, and here as some photos I took last week. They are very quiet and ride well on rough track.

    Adelaide’s trains were brought into service quickly before an election next weekend, and electric services are limited because of a lack of drivers who have completed the necessary training. Unfortunately only 2 of the 6 lines are electrified.

  • Adelaide has a big terminus focussed commuter system. Hopefully we will be running a proper through routed Metro style network post-CRL [like the CFN!]. We have to really, this is the only way to make a tasty omelette out of the broken eggs that is the tiny throat of the Britomart approach.

    Here’s the terminus from above; check out those lines heading in. The big silver roof is a Convention Centre the station itself is a classic 1928 grand station at the right facing the road:

  • Malcolm M

    Although Adelaide has a terminal station, there are 4 pairs of tracks that can operate independently to service the main groups of lines. There are long-range plans to through route the 2 busiest lines through 3 underground stations, but this is many elections away. The current station still has plenty of capacity through longer trains, but suffers from being on the edge of the CBD. This limitation was relieved several years ago when Adelaide’s only tramline was extended through the CBD and past the railway station. It now acts as a very popular downtown circulator.

    Some of the railway lines operate on a 15-minute frequency through the day and 7.5 minutes at peak, currently using diesel-electric multiple units (DEMU’s). These have recently been refurbished. A recent addition to the photo above is a footbridge from the station to the Adelaide Oval (just to the north of the photo), which has just been expanded to a capacity of 30,000. Before and after events there will be train services every 15 minutes for 2 hours before on the busier lines, with PT included in the ticket price. Many of these tram and train developments occurred under a Labour government, which looks like being replaced by a conservative government next weekend.

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