A special historic steam train filled with guests celebrating the reopening of the Onehunga branch line will roll into a brand new Onehunga station on Saturday 18th September. The guests will be the first passengers to use the line in 37 years.
The steam train recognises the history of the line which was the first to run in Auckland in 1873, taking passengers between Waitemata and Manukau harbours.
Guests will join the Minister of Transport Hon Steven Joyce and Auckland Regional Council (ARC) Chairman Michael Lee to officially mark the reopening of the train line and its newly constructed stations at Onehunga, Te Papapa and Penrose.
The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) developed the three stations as part of a $3.6m project and KiwiRail developed the track and signalling work.
ARTA Chairman Rabin Rabindran said: “The reopening of this historic and special line is a major milestone in Auckland’s public transport history.”