Toot, toot it’s all aboard the train to Africa
Taumarunui’s train collection could soon be shunted off to Africa.
Eight carriages, eight engines and spare parts have already been shipped out for use in Mozambique’s capital city of Maputo.
Auckland Transport communications advisor James Ireland said another 31 carriages were the subject of a conditional sale agreement and there is also interest in the remaining 79 carriages and engines currently stored in Taumarunui.
He said the initial eight trains and spare parts would be used for passenger travel around the capital city of Maputo.
‘‘They are on the boat on their way to Mozambique.
Mozambique’s rail lines are the same gauge as New Zealand’s, unlike many lines around the world which are wider.
‘‘Quite a lot of Africa is the same as us and I believe that’s based on what they run in England.’’
About 110 carriages and engines have been in storage in Taumarunui since 2014 after being replaced by electric trains.
Auckland Transport has been using First Security to monitor the trains around the clock. Many have been tagged with graffiti. Ireland said the graffiti would be removed, if stipulated in the various sale agreements.
He could not say if the trains were all going to the same buyer.
A surplus train cariage is swung onto a boat bound for Africa.