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Electric engine at Wellington station

Electric engine at Wellington station

In the early 2000s electric engines of the EO type were used to pull trains to Upper Hutt and Plimmerton, with one engine at each end of the train. EO 51, pictured at Wellington railway station, was made by Toshiba in the 1960s. It was first used on the Ōtira section of the Christchurch–Greymouth line, with its 8.5-kilometre tunnel. Electric trains were considered ideal for tunnels as they did not produce smoke.

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Neill Atkinson, 'Railways - Diesel and electric trains', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/21393/electric-engine-at-wellington-station (accessed 24 August 2019)

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