Onehunga Trains 1st Day Popular!


At 1pm today, the new Onehunga platform was crowded with commuters waiting for a train -and the park and ride was already full as people tried out the new Onehunga service.

About 35 people clambered on board’s Onehunga’s first commuter train to Britomart just after 7am today.
The trip, via the new platforms at Te Papapa and Penrose 3, marked the start of the regular commuter service on the re-established line. Timetables are here

It’s so good to see trains at Britomart saying they are going to Onehunga after all the years of debate!

CBT members, who had initiated the campaign to re-open the lines many years ago were among those on board including Jon Reeves who is now leading the campaign for re-establishing commuter services on the Waikato line and driver Isaac Broome.
In view of the enthusiasm of the Onehunga locals, and the sit-ins on Waikato stations in recent weeks, it’s not impossible to imagine that might happen one day too!

ARTA chair says rail is booming-Video
Videos of steam train
First official train into Onehunga
Photos of the festive day
Onehunga celebrates in style
Mike Lee speech
Te Papapa, Penrose 3 pictures
Steven Joyce speech
Steven Joyce on police chases
Onehunga being constructed- Photos
35 take first trip into Britomart on Sunday- photos
More hordes try out the new trains - Photos
Historic photos along the fenceline a nice touch
New $36m New Lynn transport hub opens

Time now for airport rail




  1. patrick says:

    Thanks for the coverage this weekend

  2. Jon C says:

    @Patrick My pleasure. Glad you enjoyed it. Exciting time!

  3. Andy says:

    Ditto Jon. Been looking forward to seeing everything this weekend and you didn’t disappoint. I will definitely be taking a ride out to Onehunga when I’m back in NZ. Hopefully electrification will be well under way by then??

  4. Jon C says:

    @Andy That will be something to look fwd to. The minister again repeated we will have electric trains from 2013 to 2014

  5. GJA says:

    Great job in keeping us all informed. Thanks


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