More Electric Wires Going Up


The Auckland rail electrification work seems to be going at full steam now the RWC is over.

There are more masts and KiwiRail has been putting the wires up for a week or two.

They’re going up on the Western Line- the first ones appeared around Ranui- and on the top portion of the Onehunga branch near Maurices Rd.

ELECTRIFICATION; Wiring being done at night | KiwiRail (Doug Cole)

WIRING: Auckland's train pre-electrification work | KiwiRail (Doug Cole)

RANUI: Early signs of the wiring out west




  1. Geoff says:

    They were working at night, including mast installation, during the RWC period. It was only weekend closures that stopped over that period.

  2. Joust says:

    Cool pics. Interesting to see how the wires are put up.

  3. Carl says:

    so these are going to sit and rust for up to 2 years? seems rather odd if you ask me…

  4. Greenwelly says:

    @ Carl, what as opposed to the 30 +odd years they will be up once the electricity is turned on…..

  5. Andy says:

    @Carl - Something which is obviously going to need a hell of a lot of preparation, testing, training, trials etc, getting ready well in advance is odd? Yeah maybe we should have it done at the last minute, screw it up and then complain about it yeah? This is a brand new system we are talking about here and the wires are probably 0.05% up. C’mon.

  6. Bryan says:

    Stainless steel catenary cables are being erected now. They don’t rust.
    The copper contact wires to be erected later don’t rust either.
    It will take all of 2 years to erect the lot, so they have to start now.

  7. Pim says:

    Do you really think Carl that they would spend 1 billion dollars on something that would rust in two years? Logical deduction, bro.

  8. Ken says:

    They will not be sitting and rusting when they are up. Currently only the earth wires are going up which are made of aluminium. The masts are are hot dipped galvanized steel. No rust here.

  9. MrV says:


    Are you for real?

  10. Zee says:

    Can anyone tell me what happens in power cuts with electric trains?
    Also what strain will the electric trains put on the national grid?

  11. Anthony says:

    @Zee Dunno what happens in a power failure, but the amount of electricity used for the trains will be less than 1% of Auckland’s current power grid.


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