About 50 passengers were stranded for 45 minutes this morning when the Capital Connection commuter train broke down.
A KiwiRail spokeswoman said the train broke down due to a mechanical fault in the locomotive between stations at Tokomaru.
A new locomotive had to be brought in.
Palmerston North woman Michelle Benton was on the train when it stopped. She said passengers were kept well informed and offered free coffee from train staff.
She said the train was usually reliable and there was no significant concern from passengers about the delays.
She still made it to university on time. The train ride was usually "fantastic".
Scenic tickets would be accepted on commuter services.
The Capital Connection was scheduled to leave Palmerston North at 6:15am to get to Wellington at 8:20am but would now arrive about 9:20am.
Earlier today, the 6.20am Wellington to Waikanae train was delayed by 15 minutes.
- The Dominion Post
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