All TransMetro’s train services on the Hutt Valley line came to a stop just after 6.15pm tonight. The reason: an overhead power fault.
The fault also stopped the 6.22pm service to Masterton from leaving Wellington.
The stoppage continued all night.
At 7.30pm, buses were being brought in to carry the stranded passengers. By 8.15pm, the passengers’ problems hadn’t been solved. “Please expect delays,” advised TranzMetro.
But the problem took all night to fix, with the first trains due to run again at 5am on Saturday morning – with further delays.
There had been earlier problems, too.
The 6.11pm service from Wellington to Taita had been replaced by a bus due to an unexplained “emergency services incident.”
The 5.50 service from Wellington to Taita was cancelled for the same reason.
Because of the unexplained incident, buses replaced the 5.18pm train from Wellington to Melling and the 5.40pm train from Melling back to Wellington.
At 2.40, TranzMetro advised that there was a signal fault just south of Upper Hutt “that has caused some delays.”
That fault had delayed the 1.40pm train from Upper Hutt to Wellington by twenty minutes.