NZR AK class carriage

NZR AK class carriage
NZR AK class
In service 2 November 2011
Manufacturer Hillside Engineering
Constructed 2010–2012
Number under construction 14
Number in service 3
Operator Tranz Scenic
Line(s) served Main North Line,
Midland Line
Gauge 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)

The NZR AK class of 17 carriages is currently being built in Dunedin's Hillside Workshops for KiwiRail's long distance passenger operator, Tranz Scenic. The three buffet cars will be classified AKC. Part of the project also includes converting three existing AG carriages to open-air viewing carriages similar to those already used on the TranzAlpine and the Coastal Pacific.

Three of the new cars entered service on the Coastal Pacific on 2 November 2011.[1]

The carriages will be used on the TranzAlpine and the Coastal Pacific services, replacing the old panorama 56-foot carriages. The funding of the $NZ39.9 million for the 17 AK cars was announced by the fifth National government in March 2009.

The carriages feature a new white livery with the KiwiRail logo on the side.[2]



The cars were designed by KiwiRail's Mechanical design staff in Wellington. The new carriages will feature GPS triggered announcements, with displays and commentary at each seat in a choice of five languages: Mandarin, Japanese, German, French and English.[3] The AK cars will run on a newly designed P13 bogie.[4] Seating has been supplied by a Wellington-based manufacturer.[5]



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