Silverstream commuters hurry home as Matangi departs

Silverstream commuters hurry home as Matangi departs
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Image by lancea
Daily commuters head to their Silverstream homes while their Matangi train accelerates north to Upper Hutt. This is the 4:37pm Wellington to Upper Hutt service and is the first time I’ve seen 3 sets of the new Matangi units used for it. Prior to today this service has used 2 sets (2 cars making up each "set" of a Matangi train).

Arcing electric-train pantograph illuminates gantry at Silverstream Railway Station

Arcing electric-train pantograph illuminates gantry at Silverstream Railway Station
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Image by lancea
On frosty mornings the overhead power lines get covered with frost. When the first trains of the day go up the line their pantographs arc where they press against the wires, sometime spectacularly if there’s been a heavy frost. Here a gantry is lit by arcing as the train pulls out of Silverstream Station heading north to Upper Hutt. The train is quite well lit by the downward-directed station lighting, but a photo taken just before the arcing barely picks up the gantry.