NZ dearest trainset?

Dompost and Keeping Stock

The Dompost wonders if at $30,000 a man who has bought a Wellington train is buying NZ most expensive trainset:

With a last minute bid, a man has bought a piece of Wellington’s railway history.

Metlink listed the full sized English Electric 2-car train on Trade Me last week.

However, with the exception of a four-year-old who bid the $29,990 asking price – which was removed – the train had received no bids  until today.

At 11.05am today a Nelson bidder named “Hans” bid the reserve price and was unchallenged.

The train has operated in the Wellington area since the late 1940s

Keeping Stock says no way:

We can provide an answer. It’s not New Zealand’s most expensive train set; not by a long shot. That rather dubious honour goes to Sir Michael Cullen, who spent far too much reacquiring Kiwirail from Toll Holdings in 2008

But even the nearly $1 billion is small change compared with what Len Brown wants to spend on Auckland’s rail loop.


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