Below is a list of other rail oriented sites which we hope you will find interesting. If you have a suggestion for other rail sites which you think we might like to include please feel free to email us.
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The Bush Tramway Club Inc. The Bush Tramway Club consists of a group of people from all walks of life who have come together to rescue and preserve items of interest to the previously neglected sphere of bush tramways and industrial railways in New Zealand.
Federation of New Zealand Rail Organisations. The Federation was formed in 1972 to provide co-ordination and leadership to the heritage and tourist rail industry in New Zealand. This enables industry issues to be dealt with in the most efficient manner, minimising the individual inputs that would otherwise be required by each member organisation.
Ferrymead Heritage Park. Ferrymead Heritage Park features an Edwardian Township complete with Picture Theatre, School House, Church, Bakery, Jail and Railway Station as well as a fascinating array of museum and heritage collections. There are horse and carriage rides daily, tram rides on weekends and trains running on the 1st Sunday of each month. When operating, unlimited tram and train rides are included in the entrance price.
New Zealand Railways Steam Locomotives. This site portrays the locomotives that were used on the New Zealand Railways network. The period covered is from 1870 until 28 October 1971 when the last steam locomotive dropped its fire and was withdrawn from service.
Rimutaka Incline Railway. The Rimutaka Incline Railway proposal aims to reinstate and operate a world-class heritage-tourist railway between Wellington and the Wairarapa. The Railway will be a unique tourist attraction for Wellington and New Zealand, and a major contributor to the regional economy.
The Silverstream Railway. We hope that you will take an opportunity to pay a visit to the Silver Stream Railway. Here, nestled in this quiet corner of the Hutt Valley, you will find one of New Zealand's most comprehensive and largest collections of preserved and operating steam locomotives.
The Fell Engine and the Rimutaka Incline. The Rimutaka Range presented a great challenge to the engineers looking to construct a railway to Wairarapa from the capital city. The track had snaked alongside the Wellington harbour from 1870, and, easily made its way through the Hutt Valley, reaching Upper Hutt by 1874.
The Plains Railway, Ashburton. The Plains Railway become the center or world-wide attention when in 1981 the Rogers Locomotive Works Built 'K' Class locomotive, 'K'88 or "Washington" as she is named, was returned to steam after being buried in the Oreti River for 50 years for use as a stop-bank and railway protection. What also attracted large amounts of attention was that this restoration was performed largely by one man, the late Bob Anderson.
Weka Pass Railway. The Weka Pass Railway is a historic rural railway using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives on 12.8 km of scenic line through the unique limestone beauty of the Weka Pass out of Waipara, where superior weather patterns provide crystal clear air and high sunshine hours.
West Coast Railway Association The West Coast Railway Association has an impressive history. In its thirty-five years since it was incorporated it has amassed the largest collection of railway rolling stock and artifacts in Canada outside of Quebec.
Savannahlander. The Savannahlander is a classic 1960 Rail Motor which travels between Cairns and Forsayth, giving passengers one of the great rail experiences of the world as it rattles its way from the coast, up the scenic Kuranda Railway, through World Heritage listed rainforests, the through the savannah to outback Australia. "The Silver Bullet" as the train is affectionately known, was state-of-the-art when it was brought into service. Now it reflects the pace and grace of a by-gone era, while at the same time offering a unique experience to people adventurous enough to make the journey.
Taieri Gorge Railway The Taieri Gorge Railway is a tourist orientated railway based in Dunedin, New Zealand.
TranzScenic New Zealand's long distance rail passenger service.
KiwiRail New Zealand's rail company.
KiwiRail Freight The freight arm of KiwiRail.
Timeframes. The National Library of New Zealand Photographic collection. Try searching under trains for some great historic photos.
The Campaign for Better Transport. The Campaign for Better Transport is a politically independent, voluntary incorporated society which is committed to better transport alternatives for Auckland city. It is run by a committee that meets on a monthly basis.
Majik Video. This is the place for New Zealand train video's. Majik makes the Railscene video magazine.
Train Puzzles: Like jig saws? Then try this site for more free jigsaws than you can shake a stick at.