Mon, 25 Jun 2012 6:30p.m.
Wellington's English Electric trains have made their final scheduled trip, 74 years after they began operating.
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30/08/2012 5:52:59 p.m.
i was on that train!
oh how i miss them
27/06/2012 9:09:53 a.m.
The original English Electric trains dating from 1938 were all sadly written off during the 1980s - the present stock was built in 1942 and 1946, and has given at least 60 years' worth of good service.I believe that all of these trains should be preserved rather than sold for scrap - it is disgraceful that they are being sold when there are enthusiast groups out there who might like one.Of all of the sets that needs to be preserved, the best is the DM 556 'Cyclops' set with its original headlight. Not to preserve this would be a crying shame. Of course, it is in relatively good shape, so why not have GWRC donate it to the Rail Heritage Trust for excursion service in Wellington?
25/06/2012 7:39:26 p.m.
John C wrote:
These trains are old - disgracefully so - but they date from the 1950's, not the 1930's. The original engines and carriages have long since been retired.
25/06/2012 7:08:12 p.m.
Why in hell doesn!t the government take them over and send them down too Christchurch remove all the seats and lift them off their bogies and transport them to a site here in Christchurch and turn them into accommodation units for single mens quarters for the rebuild?Al it will take is a bit of lining and furnishings as the unit is already there.
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