Welcome to the Mainline Steam 2017 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. 

Mainline Steam Tui Express
25 February 2018

Thank you to everyone that booked on this trip it is now Sold Out.

Join Mainline Steam on this popular rail adventure to the famous Tui Brewery. The previous trip 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.

Jb1236 Boulton photo

Fares to Tui Brewery and return:
Depart Plimmerton or Paraparaumu
Adult - $125
Child - $85
Depart Otaki or Levin
Adult - $85
Child - $60
Depart Palmerston North  
Adult - $60
Child - $40

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

Sunday 25 February 25/02/18             
Plimmerton:       Depart 7:35am         Return 6:40pm
Paraparaumu:   Depart 8:20am        Return 5:55pm
Otaki:                Depart 8:55am        Return 5:25pm
Levin:                Depart 9:35am        Return 4:55pm
Palmerston North: Depart 10:40am    Return 4:05pm

Details and a booking form are available here. Phone bookings 04 233 8131 normal business hours.

Sold Out.