[Update 06 October 2011 - CAF have won the bid - more details HERE]. Ten bids have been narrowed down to two i.e. Spanish train maker Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and South Korean Hyundai Rotem are both competing for Kiwirail’s $500 million contract to supply Auckland with 38 new electric trains by 2013. The winning bid is expected to be announced by September 2011 and we know who we are vouching for – CAF. We love the sexy, aerodynamic design as opposed to the flat nose and bulky design of the matangi EMU trains in Wellington (supplied by Hyundai Rotem). Major works have taken place over the Easter weekend to prepare Auckland’s rail network with the infrastructure for electrification. There is no turning back now and the gloves are on – Spain vs South Korea. Place your bets now !