The first freight train between Picton and Christchurch

The first freight train between Picton and Christchurch since last year’s earthquake is scheduled to pass through Papanui this afternoon. Keep an eye out for it and remember to take care around the railway line.

The first freight train destined to travel on the Main North Line since the Kaikoura earthquake has left Auckland and is making its way down the country.

Freight from our customers Bascik, Toll Group, Mainfreight, Owens Transport, Daily Freight and Maersk Group was loaded onto wagons in Auckland last night, and the train began its journey south at around 9.30pm. It’s due to arrive in Wellington this morning and will be carried across the Cook Strait by Interislander.
The train will depart Picton at 1.30am on Friday to begin its journey along the Main North Line, stopping for a celebration in Kaikoura at 8am, and finishing up in the afternoon in Christchurch.

Give our drivers a wave if you see them pass by – and remember to be safe around the rail network!