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First electric unit service

First electric unit service

This invitation commemorates the opening of the first electric multiple-unit service in New Zealand, on the Wellington–Johnsonville line in 1938. Railways Minister Dan Sullivan and Wellington mayor Thomas Hislop presided over the ceremony, on 2 July. Similar units were still being used in the early 2000s.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Eph-A-RAIL-1938-01-front

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Neill Atkinson, 'Railways - Diesel and electric trains', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 July 2021)

Story by Neill Atkinson, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 11 Mar 2016