The North Island Main Trunk line was electrified between Hamilton and Palmerston North in 1980's. The EF class locomotives were supplied by Brush Traction, UK in 1988. At 4000 Hp these locomotives remain the most powerful in NZ. The locomotives must be towed to Westfield from Hamilton to visit the wheel lathe. These ageing locomotives (and the electrification) face an uncertain future. A further order of DL class diesels from CNR Dalian in China may displace the remaining EF in service.
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