- Tranz Scenic
name = Tranz Scenic
1987(As InterCity Rail)
Transport in New Zealand
services = Long-distance passenger trains
homepage = http://www.tranzscenic.co.nz
Tranz Scenic is the long-distance
passengertrain brand of KiwiRail, formed from the New Zealand Railways CorporationInterCity Rail services. Tranz Scenic was renamed along with the other operating divisions of Tranz Railin 1995. In 2001Tranz Rail created a subsidiary company, Tranz Scenic 2001 Ltd, and sold 50% of it to two directors of the Victoria, Australiarail operator West Coast Railway. A number of services were discontinued then, despite protests. After Toll Holdingspurchased Tranz Rail in 2003it purchased the 50% share of Tranz Scenic 2001 Ltd and absorbed it into Toll Rail.
2004Tranz Scenic withdrew the Northernerovernight Auckland- Wellingtonservice, citing poor patronage. This was the last overnight service in New Zealand. Tranz Scenic also reduced the number of stations served by the Overlander service on the North Island Main Trunk.
2006, Toll NZannounced that it was proposing to [ [http://tvnz.co.nz/view/page/425829/720377 Tranz Alpine journey up for grabs | TRAVEL | NEWS | tvnz.co.nz ] ] sell its two South Island trains, the TranzAlpineand the TranzCoastal. In July the end of The Overlander service was announced, but after significant protest and an increase in patronage (due to the publicity) the service continued, operating on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during winter and daily in peak summer.
* The Capital Connection:
Palmerston North- Wellington, Monday-Friday
* The Overlander:
Auckland- Wellington, daily in summer, Friday-Sunday in winter
TranzAlpine: Christchurch- Greymouth, daily
TranzCoastal: Christchurch-Picton, daily
* The Lynx Express: Picton-
* The Southerner:
Christchurch- [Dunedin] - Invercargill
* The Northerner:
The Capital Connection: refurbished 1970s ex-
British Rail Mark 2S class carriages.
The Overlander, The TranzAlpine and The TranzCoastal: NZR 56-ft carriages, most dating from the 1940s. They were extensively refurbished in the late 1980s, receiving new bogies and panoramic windows. The capital expenditure required for their replacement is seen as a major impediment to the future of the operation.
22 June 2008the New Zealand government announced as the first part of the KiwiRail upgrade that the Tranz Scenic carriage fleet would be updated to rebuilt ex British Rail Mark 2 carriages. $25.4m will be spent on the TranzAlpine, with $27m shared between the TranzCoastal and the Overlander.
Rail transport in New Zealand
* [http://www.tranzscenic.co.nz/ Tranz Scenic]
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