Toll NZ

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Template:Infobox Company Toll NZ Template:Nyse is an Auckland, New Zealand-based transport company formed after the part-privatisation of the New Zealand Railways.

New Zealand Rail Ltd was formed on 10 October 1990 from a separation from the New Zealand Railways Corporation detailed in the New Zealand Railways Corporation Restructuring Act 1990, which continues to this day as a State Owned Enterprise, trading as ONTRACK.

New Zealand Rail Limited was renamed Tranz Rail Limited in 1995, and Toll NZ Consolidated Limited in May 2004. In 1996, the company listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and also on NASDAQ in the United States. In July 2002 it delisted from NASDAQ.

An Australian company, Toll Holdings, is now majority shareholder (85%) of Tranz Rail after a successful takeover bid between July and October 2003.



Toll Rail

Toll Rail is New Zealand's largest railroad operator.

  • Freight is transported on container trains (containerised freight), pack trains (consoldiated general freight), bulk trains (coal, logs, milk) and block trains (steel, aggregates, fertiliser).
  • The operation is based on fixed-capacity unit trains and point-to-point scheduled services. It provides shuttle trains designed specifically for container movements and other freight. It also has hook-and-tow option with customers with their own equipment.
  • Toll Rail operates through a network of 18 strategically postioned freight terminals throughout the country. Terminal operations are managed on a regional basis and supported by satellite sites and industrial sidings.
  • Terminal sites allow for the consolidation and loading of freight on and off rail, road and ship services. Staff perform a variety of roles including forklift operation, wagon shunting and train saftey inspection.
  • Satellite or feeder sites are generally smaller in size and complexity than terminal sites. They act as intermediary points for consolidating freight shipments that pass through terminal sites.
  • Industrial sidings are owned by customers and, similar to satellite sites, act as feeders into terminal sites or as a collection point for mainline trains.

Terminal and satellite sites in each region are as follows:

RegionTerminalsSatellite sites
Bay of Plenty31
Northern South Island32
Southern South Island33

Facts And Figures


  • Route length (not owned but with operating rights): 3,898 km
  • Track gauge: 1,067 mm
  • Tunnels : 149
  • Bridges : 2,178
  • Electrification: 95 km at 1.5 kV DC, 411 km at 25 kV 50 Hz AC

NB: From July 2004, the rail network was renationalised, and the New Zealand Railways Corporation took ownership of the rail network.


  • Electric locomotives: 23
  • Diesel electric main line locomotives: 131
  • Shunting locomotives: 113


  • Container flat tops: 2,263
  • Hi Cube: 78
  • Canopies: 120
  • Box: 409
  • Hopper: 245
  • Curtain sides: 107
  • Refrigerated: 52
  • Log: 436
  • Tank: 101
  • Flats: 120

Total wagon fleet: 4,321
Total containers: 2,748

Toll Tranz Link

Toll Tranz Link is New Zealand's largest trucking company, holding appproxmately 85% market share. The company has over 380 trucks, 30 branches, 11 refrigerated branches and over 1,000 team members. The company also has an extensive owner-operator fleet that brings the total fleet number well over 400.

Facts And figures

  • Trucks: 380
  • Owner driver trucks: 136
  • Distribution (freight) centres: 31
  • Distribution (refridgerated only) centres: 11

Toll Shipping

Toll Shipping (commonly known as The Interisland Line) offers daily ferry services across Cook Strait providing a vital transport link between New Zealand's North Island and South Islands for passengers and their vehicles, commercial vehicles and rail freight. The fleet of Toll Shipping consists of three vessels two multi-purpose conventional vessels, and one conventional freight-only vessel.

The two conventional ferries Arahura and Aratere take three hours to complete the course across Cook Strait, and cater to each of the three main markets that Interislander operates in: passenger (including vehicles), commercial vehicle and rail.

Toll Shipping's "Purbeck" (launched into service in 2003) is dedicated to the freight market, and offers commercial customers two return sailings a day, Monday to Friday.

  • Each year Interislander vessels accommodate over 1 million passengers, 230,000 domestic vehicles and almost 2 million lane metres of road and rail freight, and operates over 5,700 sailings.
  • In total, Interislander employs 567 full time staff. 68 work in the Head Office environment, 98 at the terminals, and 401 onboard the ships themselves.
  • Ships' crew is made up of 67 officers, 62 engineers, 175 catering crew and 97 deck crew.

Facts And figures

Total number of ships: 4
Total number of fast ferries: 1
Total number of freight-only ships: 1

Tranz Metro

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Tranz Metro ED/ET unit.

Tranz Metro is the urban commuter rail operator that operates in the Wellington region of the lower North Island of New Zealand.

The Tranz Metro fleet comprises of 124 suburban electric units and 15 Wairarapa carriages.

  • Units operate from Johnsonville, Paraparaumu, Melling and Upper Hutt to Wellington.
  • Wairarapa carriage trains operate between Wellington and Masterton. All Tranz Metro lines link back to Wellington.

Tranz Scenic

Tranz Scenic is New Zealand's only long-distance passenger service. The company was brought back from Tranz Scenic 2001 Limited in 2003, after Toll Holdings took control of Tranz Rail. The company operates the following routes/services:

  • The Overlander - Auckland to Wellington, daily.
  • The Capital Connection - Palmerston North to Wellington (Mon-Fri).
  • The TranzCostal - Picton to Christchurch, daily.
  • The TranzAlpine - Christchurch to Greymouth, daily.

A number of depots used by Tranz Scenic are located around New Zealand, along with 40 railway stations:

  • Christchurch Linwood Depot: used by The TranzCostal and The TranzAlpine.
  • Auckland Westfield depot: used by The Overlander.
  • Wellington depot: located opposite the Interisland Line ferry terminal. Tranz Metro and Tranz Scenic equipment is serviced here.


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Hillside Logo.

Hillside or (also known as Hillside Engineering) is a group of Toll NZ that builds and repairs locomotives. The unit is based in Dunedin, New Zealand and also does outside work for other companies. However, over 60% of the work is inhouse work for Toll.

Hillside works closely alongside some of the other contractors and groups that are a part of or contracted to Toll NZ:

  • Toll Rail: the railroad division of Toll NZ
  • Alstom: the electrical repairing company that is contracted to Toll Rail.
  • Transfield Serices: the Australia-based contractor company, which does all of the line repair and line maintenance work for Toll Rail.

External links

  • Toll corporate ( - Toll NZ's corporate.
  • Toll NZ's parent ( - Toll NZ's parent.
  • Toll Rail site ( - Toll NZ's rail division
  • Toll TranzLink site ( - Toll NZ's truck dvision.
  • Interisland Line ( - Toll NZ's shipping division.
  • Hillside site ( - Toll NZ's engineering business.
  • Transfield Services ( - Toll NZ's rail maintenance contractor

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