Welcome to the Mainline Steam 2019 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.

Tui Brewery future excursions.
Here is a list of exciting trips to The Tui Brewery in 2019.  The first one on the 9th of February 2019 is already open for booking and we will be opening the rest progressively over the coming year. Watch this website and our Facebook page for updates.

28th July 2019. Vintage Car Day

10th November 2019. The popular Tui Express with lunch at the Tui Brewery.

15th December 2019. Christmas at the Brewery.


Mainline Steam Tui Express
Sunday 28th July 2019

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 Mangatainoka. 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 28 July 2019            

Plimmerton:     Depart 7:45am                   Return 6:40pm

Paraparaumu: Depart 8:25am                   Return 6:10pm

Otaki:              Depart 9:05am                    Return 5:25pm

Levin:             Depart 9:40am                    Return 4:55pm

Palmerston North: Depart 10:40am           Return 4:10pm

Online booking via Bookit. Please go here:

Phone Bookings: 04 233-8131 9am - 4pm.

A booking form you can print is here.