Stopping Patterns

Over the years some trains have run "Express". This page analyses these non-stopping trains.



Some trains stopped all stations except Ngauranga or Kaiwharawhara. I have not included all of them in the following summary.


When the electrification to Upper Hutt came into operation in 1955 the morning peak limited-stop trains were:

  1. From Upper Hutt - skip Wingate, Naenae, Epuni, Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  2. From Taita - skip Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  3. From Taita - skip Ava, Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.

In the evening peak:

  1. To Upper Hutt - skip Wingate, Naenae, Epuni, Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  2. To Upper Hutt - skip Kaiwharawhara, Ngauranga, Epuni, Wingate, Naenae.
  3. To Upper Hutt - skip Kaiwharawhara, Ngauranga, Waterloo, Epuni, Wingate, Naenae.
  4. To Upper Hutt - first stop Taita.
  5. To Upper Hutt - stop Waterloo,Taita then all stops to Upper Hutt.

In 1971 the morning peak limited-stop trains were:

  1. From Upper Hutt - skip Wingate, Naenae, Epuni and Ava.
  2. From Upper Hutt - skip Wingate, Naenae, Epuni, Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  3. From Upper Hutt- skip Ava, Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  4. From Taita - train skip Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  5. From Upper Hutt - skip Wingate, Epuni, Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  6. From Upper Hutt - stops Trentham - Silverstream then non stop to Wellington.

In the evening peak the limited-stop trains were:

  1. To Upper Hutt - skips Ngauranga. Kaiwhara is pick up only.
  2. To Taita Up - skip Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  3. To Upper Hutt - skip Kaiwharawhara, Ngauranga, Epuni, Naenae, Wingate.
  4. To Upper hutt - first stop Pomare.
  5. To Upper Hutt - first stop Taita.
  6. To Upper Hutt- stop Waterloo, Taita then all stations.

In 1980 the stopping pattern was much less consistant than in later years. In the morning peak the limited-stop trains were:

  1. From Upper Hutt - skip Wingate, Naenae, Epuni and Ava.
  2. From Upper Hutt - skip Wingate, Naenae, Epuni, Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  3. From Taita - skip Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  4. From Upper Hutt - skips Ava, Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara (Kaiwharawhara set down passengers only).
  5. From Upper Hutt - skip Wingate, Epuni, Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  6. FRom Upper Hutt - stops Trentham - Silverstream, then Woburn.

In the evening peak the limited-stop trains were:

  1. To Upper Hutt - Kaiwharawhara pick up only and skip Ngauranga.
  2. To Taita - skip Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.
  3. To Upper Hutt - skip Kaiwharawhara, Ngauranga, Waterloo, Epuni, Naenae and Wingate.
  4. To Upper Hutt - first stop Pomare.
  5. To - Upper Hutt - first stop Taita.
  6. To - Upper Hutt - skip Kaiwharawhara and Ngauranga.

Another example of inconsistancies is Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara. All off peak trains stop at these stations except for the 2:25pm Up train from Wellington. The corresponding Down train does stop.


In 1986 there was a half hourly off peak service to Upper Hutt. During peak periods additional trains ran to Taita and Melling. Most trains stopped all stations. There were fewer limited stops trains than in later years.

In the morning peak two Upper Hutt - Wellington trains skipped Wingate, Naenae and Epuni and another was non-stop from Taita to Wellington. One Wellington - Taita train ran non-stop and anothern skipped Ngauranga and Kawharawhara.

In the evening peak one Up train to Taita was non-stop. Most of the Up peak trains skipped Ngauranga and Kaiwharawhara.


From 1991 the basic operating pattern has been half hourly off-peak services to Upper Hutt Monday to Friday. During peak times additional trains run to Melling and Taita. Some peak hour trains are classified "Express" (term not used in the 1991 public timetable) and stop at Waterloo and Taita then all stops to Upper Hutt (if an Upper Hutt train).

In the direction of peak flow i.e. from Upper Hutt to Wellington in the morning and the opposite direction in the evening there are Express trains to/from Upper Hutt and stopping trains to/from Taita and Melling. The Taita trains do not stop at Ngauranga. However, the Melling trains stop at Ngauranga.

In the opposite periods i.e. Upper Hutt to Wellington in the afternoon and Wellington to Upper Hutt in the morning there are also Express trains to/from Taita. These Taita Expresses are presumably because there is limited traffic in this direction and also to allow the stock to return quickly for another peak journey.


Last Updated: Monday, September 08, 2003

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