Auckland Mayor learns to drive electric train

Auckland Mayor learns to drive electric train

Post ID: 40155 | POSTED ON: Aug 13, 2013

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND — Mayor Len Brown took Auckland's upcoming electric trains for a trial spin this morning, courtesy of a simulator at the newly built train depot in Wiri. 

The first of the 57 three-car units, made in Spain, are due to arrive in early September as part of the city's $1.14 billion rail electrification project.

When they arrive, the trains will be taken to the new $100 million maintenance depot for certification.

Mr Brown had a session in one of three simulators being used to train Auckland Transport staff, which he says provides a critical insight into the new technology.

"We've seen an example in Spain recently of inappropriate driver behaviour. We want to make sure our train drivers are skilled to the optimum to ensure the safety of the people who are riding on them.

These new trains will allow citizens and tourists staying in Auckland to visit the town in a much faster and cleaner way. New Zealand has always been an “avant garde” country regarding sustainable solutions and green energies. This time makes no difference; Mayor Len Brown is hoping to set an example for the rest of the country and most importantly for their close neighbor, Australia. Read More

Source : 3 News

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