Excursions

Welcome to the Mainline Steam 2018 Calendar page. We post details of our excursions once all the details are confirmed. We are pleased to announce that we now have our own fleet of carriages based in Wellington so we will be looking to develop excursions to put them to good use. There is a photo of one of the interiors here and the exterior here. All cars are heated and air conditioned and feature large panoramic windows to maximize the view.
In the Auckland area our focus has to be on building a new depot to house our equipment which is currently spread over a number of locations making it difficult for us to continue any restoration or maintenance work.


Chateau Tongariro Lunch. 25th August 2018.

Chateau Lunch Train

Join Mainline Steam on this rail adventure to the central plateau for a massive day of steam on the mainline. Steam locomotive Jb1236 will be in charge from Palmerston North to National Park and return, the Plimmerton to Palmerston North sections will be diesel hauled.

Ride in our immaculately restored fleet of AO carriages with large viewing windows, air conditioning, heating and modern comfortable seating.

Relax in comfort as we travel up the Kapiti Coast into the Manawatu region over spectacular bridges as we head north through Taihape and up onto the central plateau.  Enjoy the vista as we approach the mountains and ski resort of Ohakune. A bus will transfer you to the magnificent Chateau Tongariro for lunch. After lunch the bus will return you to the train for our return journey through the late afternoon and into the evening.

Our buffet car will have food and drinks available. Cash only sorry no EFTPOS.


Passenger pickup and drop offs at Paraparaumu, Otaki, Levin and Palmerston North, Fielding and Taihape.

Fares:
Depart Plimmerton 5.30am or Paraparaumu 6.00am
Adult - $195
Child - $110

Depart Otaki 6.30 am or Levin 7.00am
Adult - $185
Child - $100

Depart Palmerston North 7.45am or Fielding 8.25am
Adult - $175
Child - $90

Depart Taihape 10.30am
Adult - $120
Child - $50

Chateau Tongariro Buffet Lunch: $39.95 per adult and $20.50 per child. A copy of the menu is available to download here.

Online bookings available here.

A printable booking form can be downloaded here.

Phone bookings can be made during business hours on 04 233 8131


Tui Express. November 25th 2018

Waiting list only now available for this train. Please call 04 233 8131 or email here to be added to the wait list.

Join Mainline Steam on this popular rail adventure to the famous Tui Brewery. The previous trips sold out so don’t miss out this time, book early.

Steam locomotive Jb1236 will take us from Plimmerton to Mangatanoka and return. Ride in our immaculately restored fleet of AO carriages with large viewing windows, air conditioning, heating and modern comfortable seating. Relax in comfort and enjoy the views as we travel up the Kapiti Coast into the Manawatu and through the spectacular Manawatu gorge.

Our buffet car will have food and drinks available. Please note that EFTPOS is not available on this train. All transactions are cash only.

Passenger pickup and drop offs at Plimmerton, Paraparaumu, Otaki, Levin and Palmerston North.

A visit to the Tui brewery for their famous Kiwiana BBQ lunch is our destination, brewery tour included while enjoying live music. After lunch we will head back to Plimmerton.

Fares to Tui Brewery, including lunch and return:
Depart Plimmerton or Paraparaumu
Adult - $160
Child - $115
Depart Otaki or Levin
Adult - $120
Child - $90
Depart Palmerston North  
Adult - $90
Child - $70

Train Times:
Please be at your chosen departure station at least 15 minutes before the timetabled departure time.

        Sunday 25th November 2018             
Plimmerton:       Depart 7:45am         Return 6:40pm
Paraparaumu: Depart 8:25am        Return 5:55pm
Otaki:           Depart 9:05am        Return 5:35pm
Levin:           Depart 9:40am        Return 4:55pm
Palmerston North: Depart 10:40am    Return 4:10pm

Phone 04 233 8131 9am - 4pm Monday to Saturday.