Matangi Software Glitch


A software configuration issue has hit the first Matangi train during testing. It caused an electrical problem on a test run on the Upper Hutt Line.

The Wellington regional council says the problem is being investigated.

A spokesman says:“We’re confident it will be resolved soon. In the meantime testing has continued.”

The council says that to date most issues uncovered by the testing have been resolved by making changes to the software as the train’s various systems are fine-tuned to suit the conditions of the Wellington network.

The second new train has just arrived in Wellington. It’s now at the Thorndon depot, about to begin a programme of static (electrical) testing, mainline testing and support staff training in the coming weeks.

The final inspection regime on the second train (conducted in South Korea) was a smoother process, with less final work to do before shipping than with the first train. This is expected to improve further with subsequent trains.

The first train has run to all stations between Wellington and Melling, Upper Hutt and Porirua. There were no obstructions with platforms and structures at any of the stations.

The first train is currently being tested for propulsion and braking to 90 kph.

Coming up in the next week or two:

  • On board systems, such as CCTV and passenger information displays, will be tested.
  • Testing of clearances against station platforms and structures will be carried out on the Johnsonville and North Island Main Trunk Line (from Paremata to Paraparaumu).
  • The new trains will move into the new part of the rail depot building at Thorndon.
  • Training will begin for onboard and maintenance staff.

The next new trains are due to arrive in Wellington at the end of October.  Seventy cars are currently in production.

The first Matangi train will take passengers on the Upper Hutt Line in December this year.

The new trains will run on the Johnsonville Line in April / May  and the Waikanae Line in July.




  1. Ian says:

    I hear the regenerative braking is as smooth as silk which should mean a long life for brake blocks.

  2. Andy says:

    I’d love to find out where they are building and testing these trains here in South Korea so I could go have a sneaky look.

  3. greenwelly says:


    They are made in Changwon

    Hyundai-Rotem,Changwon Factory. 85 Daewon-dong, Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, 641-808, Korea.

    The factory is also making the new double deck coaches for Metrolink in LA

  4. Anthony M says:

    I can’t but giggle at the address. but anyway thank goodness they are testing for the first revenue service, the nz herald and perhaps the dominion would of had a field day about a break down with passengers on it.

  5. Andy says:

    @greenwelly - Thanks! I am actually going to Changwon in a couple of weeks as my wife is from there. Doubt I’ll have time investigate but good to know none the less!


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