For sale: One electric train

Last updated 10:12 26/06/2012
English electric train
Wellington Rail Ltd
For sale: One electric train.

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For $29,990 an Old English electric train can be yours.

Greater Wellington Rail has listed one of its old electric passenger trains on Trade Me.

Chairwoman Prue Lamason said the train had been put up for auction to mark the end of the English electric train service in Wellington.

''If you've ever wanted to own a piece of Wellington region's rail history, here's your opportunity," said Ms  Lamason.

''This is a rare chance to own your own Wellington train. It's fascinating to see how people with a lot of imagination, and some money of course, have recycled old trains around the world.

The Trade Me listing states that the train once had 4 million owners (when State-owned) and has an estimated mileage of 4.5 million kilometres.

Ms Lamason said old trains made unique and quirky homes, offices, cafes and even hotels.

''In Russia, for example, trains have been converted into Orthodox Christian churches, so the possibilities are limited only by people's imagination - and how much land and cash they've got.''

The English electric trains were the first of their kind to run in Wellington. Six two-car trains began service on the Tawa section of the Main Trunk Line in July 1938.

By 1949 the fleet had increased almost 10-fold in preparation for Hutt Valley electric trains services.

The English electric trains have been replaced by Matangi trains.

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- The Wellingtonian


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