I will keep a running count until the Electric Trains are back in full revenue service on the Onehunga Line
Every morning and every evening I check Twitter to see if our electric trains (as part of a $1.1 BILLION investment into Auckland’s rail electrification) are back running normal (revenue) services on the Onehunga Line after being grounded two Sunday’s ago owing to issues with the electrification infrastructure. I do stress again the trains themselves are fine thus far. The fault is with the infrastructure.
And so we come to today and my usual checks and this is what greets me before I even ask:
Today would mark Day 11 of the Electric Train fleet being effectively grounded!
I have noted AM116 (an EMU) running limited services on Sunday just gone. I would suspect this is Auckland Transport carrying out tests. However, as of now the Onehunga Line is still being serviced by the old diesels with questions now being asked about patronage.
I was in the City Centre last week and heard back then people complaining about full trains (the old ADL’s hold about 200 comfortably compared to the Electrics holding 375 (and they were getting full on the 7:46am service as is)) and the old diesels back running. This week I suspect the grumblings will be somewhat louder and people reverting back to former transport habits.
So today is Day 11. How many more posts like this before the Electrics are back running revenue services. Especially with a staged roll out on the Manukau Line in three weeks time?
Background information to the grounding here: Day 10 and the Electric Train Fleet is Still Grounded
I draw your attention to the latest on the grounding provided by Auckland Transport yesterday
From the NZ Herald
Early start to city rail link ‘highly realistic’
By Mathew Dearnaley 5:00 AM Wednesday Jul 30, 2014
Transport chief more confident after big jump in train use.
Puzzle stops trains in their tracks
Auckland Transport still hopes to introduce electric trains to eastern suburbs in three weeks, despite a puzzling power problem that has stopped trains running between Onehunga and Britomart.
A spokesman’s assurance that the trains would start running between Manukau and Britomart via Panmure and Glen Innes on August 17 follows a succession of night-time tests of power supply equipment since they were replaced temporarily by old diesel units a week ago on the Onehunga line.
Chief operations officer Greg Edmonds told Auckland Transport’s board that trains had operated with few problems on the line since April before being hit by intermittent power supply problems on Monday and Tuesday last week.
It was not known whether the problems came from the national grid, the local network, equipment on the trains or a combination of factors.
Will tomorrow be Day 12