Good Bye ADK – A Slice of Auckland Rail History Departs

ADK moving on

 

Saw this yesterday at Manukau:

 

ADB 780 on the back of a trailer heading towards the Southern Motorway to go south to who knows where. ADB780 was the trailer unit to ADK690 part of the nine diesel multiple units of the ADK class brought out to Auckland from Perth in the early 90’s that (along with the still running ADL’s) would start Auckland’s rail reawakening.

The ADK’s before they were replaced by the new electric trains start running as two car sets before being made into 4 car sets later on. They were the only class where you could open the windows as it had no air conditioning like the ADL’s, the SA/SD’s and the current EMU’s.

And certainly I could remember the roar of the ADK hearing it leave Takanini Station making its way to Papakura on its final run.]

 

Here is good bye to the ADK’s and thank you for your service in Auckland’s rail reawakening!

 

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