Wellington's long-suffering rail commuters have been given a reason to be optimistic, with the first running of the region's new trains.
One of the 48 two-car Matangi units travelled on the Hutt line on Thursday morning with passengers on board.
The trains are part of the wider $550 million Wellington rail upgrade project, which began in 2008.
Wellington Regional Council chairwoman Fran Wilde says it is a big milestone.
She says the trains, which are being made in Korea at a cost of $235 million, will all be delivered by 2012.