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New Zealand by Rail – part 1: TranzAlpine Scenic Train Greymouth – Christchurch

26/05/2020

 

 

Part One of the New Zealand Railway Journey from Greymouth to Auckland; travelling on the scenic Intercity trains TranzAlpine, Coastal Pacific and Northern Explorer via Otira Tunnel, Arthur’s Pass, Springfield, Christchurch, Picton, Wellington, Palmerston Nord, National Park, and Hamilton

Scenic Train: № 804 “TranzAlpine” From: Greymouth (Māwhera), West Coast Region, South Island, New Zealand To: Christchurch (Ōtautahi), Canterbury Region, South Island, New Zealand Route via Midland Line: Moana, Otira, Southern Alps, Arthur’s Pass, Broken River, Staircase Viaduct, Waimakariri River, Springfield, Darfield, Rolleston Car No: E Travel Class: One Class Seating Car Model: New Zealand AK class, built by Hillside Workshops in Dunedin Price: NZD 121.38 (approx. EUR 71) Scheduled travel time: 5 hours and 26 min Departure: 14:05 Arrival: 18:31 (actual arrival time: 18:46) Distance: approx. 223 km Travel season: December 2019 Train operator: The Great Journeys of New Zealand, tourism division of KiwiRail Diesel Locomotives Greymouth – Christchurch: Two General Electric DX Class U26C 5460 and 5333 (built by GE Transportation in Erie, Pennsylvania, United States in the early 1970s) Push Diesel Locomotive Otira – Otira Tunnel – Arthur’s Pass: DXC 5229

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