Passenger rail diesel consumption

Peter King made this Official Information request to KiwiRail

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From: Peter King

Dear KiwiRail,

Could you please provide figures for the year 2022 for the amount of diesel used by locomotives hauling passenger rail carriages on the following services:

1) Wellington to Palmerston North
2) Wellington to Masterton
3) Te Huia
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Yours faithfully,

Peter King

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Kia ora Peter,

I'd like to acknowledge receipt of your official information request for information on passenger rail diesel consumption.

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From: Dave Allard

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Good afternoon Peter


Please find our response below.


These figures include the generator vans which are critical to the service


1) Wellington to Palmerston North - 210,190 litres

2) Wellington to Masterton - 598,310 litres

3) Te Huia - 508,520 litres


The figures for purely the locomotives and excluding generator vans would

1) Wellington to Palmerston North - 185,685 litres

2) Wellington to Masterton - 500,690 litres

3) Te Huia - 411,170 litres


Kind regards



Dave Allard  | Senior Government Relations Advisor

DDI: 027 201 8182
Level 4, Wellington Railway Station, Bunny Street, Wellington 6011 | PO
Box 593, Wellington 6140, New Zealand

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