- 1000th new wagon marks significant milestone for KiwiRailRead More
- New "Expect Trains" Campaign launchedRead More
- New fuel trialled to improve sustainablityRead More
- New Interislander ferry to be named KaiarahiRead More
- Switch off on the beach NOT at level crossingsRead More
- KiwiRail confirms Arahura replacementRead More
- Kaimai Tunnel upgrade requirements to be identifiedRead More
- Wanganui forestry businesses on trackRead More
- Arahura to be dry-docked at DevonportRead More
- Rail Safety Week 11–17 August 2014Read More
- Welcome home, AratereRead More
- KiwiRail moves Christchurch bikes to DunedinRead More
- Aratere has departed SingaporeRead More
- Celebrating 150 years of Rail in NZRead More
- CT Site Wanganui relocation to Gilberd StreetRead More
- New rolling stock order confirmedRead More
- Cat-in-the–box Chiefie reunited with familyRead More
- Palmerston North train unlocks possibility for ‘super’ freight service to ChristchurchRead More
- New Rolling Stock proves its worthRead More
- Longer log trains running on key forestry routeRead More
- New lease on life for popular wagon classRead More
- Steel Wheels - demonstrating the value of railRead More
- Youngest train driver takes first soloRead More
- KiwiRail wins business from courier companyRead More
- Further investment in rail line between Hamilton and TaurangaRead More
- KiwiRail to begin new log service to Wellington from WairarapaRead More
- Freight growth continues but decrease in full year results forecastRead More
- Take care at level crossings along busy train lineRead More
- KiwiRail continues to build a stronger foundation for the futureRead More
- KiwiRail sees strong growth at Southdown Freight TerminalRead More
- Getting closer to customersRead More
- Log carrying capacityRead More
- Order placed for more new locomotivesRead More
Steel Wheels - demonstrating the value of rail
Moving freight on rail brings with it an intrinsic value. To clearly illustrate this KiwiRail has developed Steel Wheels which summarises KiwiRail's overall positive contribution to New Zealand's logistics and supply chain industry.
As a graphic depiction of the role KiwiRail plays in New Zealand's freight supply chain it shows: the number of rail trips undertaken; reduced heavy vehicle road impact by using rail to shift freight, and the resulting fuel and CO2 emission savings, relative to the same volume of freight travelling by road.
Steel Wheels also includes information by sector.
Rail freight benefits everyone - less trucks on our roads means
cleaner air, less greenhouse gas emissions, less congestion and
fewer accidents. Those moving freight to rail are helping to create
a safer and healthier environment for us all and for future
KiwiRail's new DL locomotives gives us the capacity to run a 2000-tonne train with a single locomotive. Put all that freight onto road and you'd need up to 70 trucks.
And what's more, these fuel-efficient locomotives meet stringent
EU-standards for emissions.
They are being used on all our busiest freight routes in the upper North Island. This includes hauling time critical services between Auckland and Tauranga's busy port, and carrying logs and timber products from the central North Island's forests.
KiwiRail is getting closer to its goal of providing a fully intermodal service to customers. Such a freight service will provide customers greater flexibility when moving goods around the country and beyond, and allows us to transfer freight more efficiently between rail, road and ferry.
Steel Wheels is updated monthly and you can download the current report here.
To find out more about our rail services, contact a member of our sales team.