Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Northern Explorer



Do you want to see high bridges?  Spiral tunnels?  Volcanic mountains?  Seaside cliffs?  Sandstone cliffs?  River gorges?  Picturesque farms and ranches?

Of course, you do!

The Northern Explorer is way to go.  It winds it's way from Wellington to Auckland up and over the spine of the northern island.  It uses the same equipment as the TransAlpine.  Nice, new coaches, cafe car and open air sightseer.  Hardly a dull moment along the way.

Ready to depart Wellington

Coach with glass in roof.

Sightseer car

Rolling out of Wellington

Passing morning commuter train inbound

Tasman Sea

Headed north along the sea

Passing one of many freight trains

New Zealand farmland

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Moos

Seeing sights

Railfan fun

Lots of curves

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Former sand dunes now sandstone cliffs




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Our neighbor across the aisle
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Most of the route from Wellington to Auckland is electrified.  There are a couple of gaps, still, so our train was diesel powered.  On 2300 HP locomotive was more than enough to hold 62 mph track speed.

Grasslands

Red deer ranching
Station on southern edge of Tongariro National Park.

Volcanoes in the park



Station stop within the park

Tongariro National Park

Entering Raurimu Spiral Tunnel

A meet near the bottom of the grade

Electric locomotive waiting for us to pass

Rural late Fall scene

Hills and pastureland

A babbling brook?
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Last major town before suburban Auckland

Edge of the the commuter train district - Papakura

Strand Station, Auckland.
This tiny, temporary station is the last stop while the new rail tunnel is being built at Britomart station
This concludes the eight...er...eleven hour trip.

Next up:  Dan jumps off perfectly good bridge.



1 comment:

  1. Each set of photos is better than the sets before it. Does it ever stop?

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