Toot, toot it’s all aboard the train to Africa

Ruapehu Press - - Front Page - FRANCES FER­GU­SON

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.

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A sur­plus train cariage is swung onto a boat bound for Africa.

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