EC9 Battery Electric Locomotive

EC9 is Mike's latest acquisition in May 2017.

EC9 was originally built by Steve James from Tauranga over 10 years ago, and first ran on the track in October 2005. However he sold it not long after it was finished and it has been in storage ever since. So it has only a few km on the clock and is in almost new condition.


EC09 at Kapiti.

About EC9

EC9 is a 1/6th scale model of the EC ("Electric Christchurch") locomotives that were purchased solely for the Christchurch-Lyttelton Tunnel operation. They were brought into service in 1929 and ran until diesel locomotives took over in 1970.

EC9 "Jesse" is a battery electric locomotive. Its power is supplied by 4 x 6 volt 232aH batteries under the hood. The motors are two 40 Amp 24 volt EMD motors. All wheels are driven. Control is by two DS100 Dynamic Controls Controllers operated from the hand control box. Braking is dynamic braking by regenerated power of the motors. It also has a vacuum pump to supply vacuum for locomotive and ride cars.

EC09 battery array.

EC9 battery bay.

The locomotive weighs approximately 300 kg.

EC9 had its first "recommissioning" run at Kapiti on Sunday 28 May 2017 after Mike replaced a few hoses and installed 4 new batteries.

EC9's sister locomotive is EC8, a club loco which regularly runs at Seaview track in Petone.

The Kapiti club also has a similar loco EC11 built by Dave Giles, and together with EC9, they made an impressive lineup at the station.

EC09 at Kapiti.

EC9 at Kapiti on Sunday 28 May 2017.

History of the EC class

The New Zealand EC class was a class of electric locomotive used in Christchurch, New Zealand. They replaced steam locomotives on trains through the Lyttelton rail tunnel between Lyttelton and Christchurch.

Only six were ever built, numbered EC7-EC12 with all being scrapped when withdrawn from service except EC7, now preserved at Ferrymead Heritage Park. The last locomotive of the class in service was EC9, which hauled the last electric train over this line on 18 September 1970.

See Wikipedia for the full story on the EC class of locomotives.