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This cache belongs to the SideTracked series. It is not designed to take you to a magical place with a breath taking view. It's a distraction for the weary traveller, but anyone else can go and find it too. More Information can be found at the SideTracked Website
SideTracked - Pomare
I discovered the SideTracked series in Sydney during the holidays and knew I had to add to the series here in NZ and to start with a cache next to work and a station I sometimes use.
A quick get off the train and grab cache. Probably you will have time to walk further and get other caches before the next train.
For those not using the train, a quick park and grab. You’ll probably park where others park waiting for people off the train.
Cache has room for the Log only, bring your own pen.
This Cache is not on the station or on railway land or near the track.
And as the sign says “Tracks are for Trains”
View of Pomare Station from the correct side of the fence if you are geocaching!
The following will probably take you longer to read than to complete the cache, and has nothing to do with the cache but if you are sitting on the train, it might fill in some time.
Pomare railway station is an intermediate station in Lower Hutt, served by Matangi electric multiple unit trains on the Hutt Valley Line section of the Wairarapa Line.
Transdev Wellington operates Metlink's five-line 154-kilometre commuter network, which fans north out of Wellington railway station as far as Waikanae in the north and Masterton in the east. Transdev Wellington operates the service under contract to the Greater Wellingtion Regional Council with rolling stock (except for diesel locomotives used on the Wairarapa services) owned by the council, and rail infrastructure owned by KiwiRail. Until 2016 KiwiRail division Tranz Metro had the contract to operate Metlink's services.
On average, 930,000 trips are made on Metlink trains each month. In 2013-14, Tranz Metro claimed 94.3% punctuality, being the proportion of trains arriving within five minutes of schedule.
Since July 2016, Wellington's commuter rail services have been operated by Transdev Wellington. Transdev subcontracts KiwiRail to provide and operate the diesel locomotives on the Wairarapa services. In the year ending 30 June 2017, 88.3% of rail services ran on time; this figure is lower than previous years, as timeliness is now measured directly by Metlink rather than relying on self-reporting by the operator, and is measured at all key stations rather than just Wellington Station.
There are two major rail corridors in Wellington. The North Island Main Trunk (NIMT) runs along the western coastline, passing through Porirua and Paraparaumu to Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast (known as the Kapiti Line); the Wairarapa Line runs along the edge of Wellington Harbour and then up the Hutt Valley, passing through both Lower and Upper Hutt (known as the Hutt Valley Line). Less frequent services continue through the rural Wairarapa, stopping at a number of small towns before terminating at Masterton. There are also the Johnsonville Line in the north of Wellington and the Melling Line on the western side of Lower Hutt. The Kapiti Line is double tracked until the Waikanae River bridge (except for a short stretch between Muri and Paekakariki), and the Hutt Valley Line is double tracked until Trentham. The Wairarapa Line beyond Trentham, and the Johnsonville and Melling lines, are single track.
There are 49 stations in the rail network, all except Wellington railway station owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council. Wellington station is the busiest by far, with trains arriving and departing every few minutes at peak times. The next busiest stations are Porirua, Waterloo (in Lower Hutt) and Johnsonville. Most stations are served by only one line.
Most trains are the FP class Matangi electric multiple units, in sets of two to eight cars, introduced from 2011. They displaced the older DM class English Electric units, the last of which were withdrawn from service in 2012, and the EM class Ganz Mavag units, the last of which were withdrawn from service in 2016. The Wairarapa line beyond Upper Hutt is not electrified, so Masterton services use diesel-hauled SW and SE class carriages.
There are long-distance trains to Palmerston North (the Capital Connection commuter train) and Auckland (the Northern Explorer). These are not part of the Wellington transport system.
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