Monday, October 24, 2005

New timetables start: Onward and upward for rail?

Good to see a leaflet drop to homes with a copy of the new timetables.
Good luck everyone with the new timetables. Let's hope it all works. Be keen to hear how you get on!
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Blogger James Pole said...

Ah, so I wasn't the only one who got one. At my home in Kohimarama I got a Eastern Line timetable. I think it's pretty good too -- I hope more people will take the train as a result of this, especially on the sunday services.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Gary F said...

The westbound express that leaves at 5:08pm each day is bound to be useful to a lot of people. It travels direct to New Lynn without stopping (except for, perhaps, giving way to trains coming in the other direction at Avondale?) and then stops at the few subsequent stations. It'll sure shave a good amount of time off of my trips home next year!

Just got off the 8:29 morning service from Henderson -- no delays. We did have to linger in the siding at Henderson for a bit, waiting for the westbound service to pass, but that was made up for by the fact that our train actually arrived at Henderson EARLY! This is looking somewhat promising, although it's too early to say of course, having only been on one service. We'll soon see what it's like going home on the 3:59pm.

I was interested to see that the westbound service that passed our train at Henderson was being hauled by a black and yellow "TR"-branded engine. Is this an indication that Connex's current locomotive fleet cannot keep up with the demand in regards to frequency of trains? I knew that there was one of the Corncob-livery Toll Rail locomotives working some services but didn't realise that several locomotives may be under lease.

9:46 AM  
Blogger James Pole said...

They were already using Toll locos on some Southern Line services before the changes in timetabling I beleive. Or perhaps some of the MAXX-branded ones were out of service for some reason, and were merely replaced with Toll-branded locos. Or possibly they just select the locos from a pool of avaliable locos, regardless of the livery on the loco.

10:08 PM  

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