The first of the new railway locomotive engines imported into New Zealand for more than 30 years were unloaded from the Beluga Foresight vessel at the Port of Tauranga on Sunday morning.
The new trains were unwrapped on Sunday.
The locomotives were imported from China and arrived at the Port of Tauranga at 3.30 on Friday afternoon.
The six locomotives will be moved from the port to the Norske Skog marshalling yard in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.
Kiwirail project manager Scott Murray says the new locomotives will be inspected and tested on Monday in preparation for a tow to Te Rapa on Tuesday, where they will be commissioned.
The trains are scheduled to leave Mount Maunganui at 6am on Tuesday and arrive at Te Rapa at 12.30pm.
Trucks brought the trains to the Norske Skog site to be unloaded.
The remaining 14 in the NZ$80 million purchase are due early next year and will also be deployed around the North Island.
The double-cab DLs have a 2700kW or 3619hp engines with similar pulling power to the 4000hp EF electric locomotives built in 1988 for the electrified sections of the North Island Main Trunk Line.
Scott says the new locomotives are the most powerful diesel locomotives in New Zealand.
“We expect them to be running from Auckland to the Bay of Plenty by the end of the year.”
The official launching of the new locomotives is in Hamilton December 10; the first train unwrapped was blessed at the marshalling site at 11.20am.
Kiwirail project manager Scott Murray and DLoco chief designer Cong Maoye overseeing the unloading.