Compiled List of Web Sites
About the Railways in New Zealand

Site Link
Brief Notes

Auckland Regional Transport Network Ltd.

Operators of Suburban train services, buses, and ferries.

Bay of Islands Vintage Railway

Scenic railway restoring the railway from Kawakawa to Opua.

Bush Tramway Club

Official site of the Bush Tramway Club. Operators of bush and industrial locomotives.

Canterbury Rail Society

Official web site of the Ferrymead Railway.

Canterbury Steam Preservation Society

Operators of a bush tramway on the outskirts of Christchurch. McLeans Island Steam Scene.

Chosen Scale Co-Op

Chosen Scale Co-Op. Producer of NZR120 related products.

Christchurch Tramways

Site on those tireless trams that ply Christchurch's inner streets.

Diesel Traction Group

Operators of historic diesel locomotives. Included in their collection is the only 1966 DI preserved in the country.

East Coast Museum of Technology

Museum with a large collection of artefacts, including a Barclay locomotive used at Port Gisborne.

EJ Videos

Quality videos produced in the Auckland area, as well as surrounding areas.

Federation of Rail Organisations of NZ

The Lobby group for preserved rail groups around NZ, annual meeting is held every Queens Birthday Weekend.

Fielding Rail

Restoring 1927 built WAB794 and once completed will commence on the 1909 built X442.

Gisborne City Vintage Railway

Restorers of the last surviving Wa in the country. Wa 165.

Glenbrook Vintage Railway

Operates at Waiuku running trains along the old Waiuku branch line. Has the first Mallet built in the world.

Goldfields Railway Located in the mining town of Waihi, operates daily diesel services over part f the old East Coast Main Trunk.

Interislander & Lynx

Linking the North with the South. Fast ferry and conventional ships operating daily.

Jeffrey Harrision’s Site

Motor Trolley restoration and railway preservation.

John Rabys Video

Videos by John Raby. Including GVR’s 25th anniversary. World surviving steam and loads more.

Kingston Flyer

The famous steam train known throughout the world. On the shores of Lake Wakatipu.

Lilliput Model Railway

Model railway based on the NZR. In Napier’s Marine Land complex.

Mainline Steam Trust

The largest collection of locomotives in the Southern Hemisphere privately owned. Included at their Auckland depot is a Beyer Garrett.

Majik Video Systems

Producers of the quarterly NZ Railscene video magazine.

Midland Railway Heritage Trust

Springfield based trust setting out to restore two locomotives recovered from the Grey River. Based in Springfield station.

New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society

Oldest railway society in New Zealand. Founded in 1944.

NZ Diesel & Electric Traction

Listing all current and former diesel & electric locomotives owned and used within New Zealand.

NZ Geared Locomotives

Site listing all known geared bush lokeys designed and built in New Zealand

NZ Logging Locos

Mainly non-geared lokeys used in New Zealand, sourced from overseas.

NZ Rail photos

Photos by an English visitor to New Zealand

NZ Railway Site

Included photos of steam, and present day railway operations.

NZ Train Nut

Photos by a true NZ Train Nut, Dunedin area.

NZR 120 photos

Photos of a NZR120 gauge railway.

NZR Cranes

A very informative site on NZR cranes. Steam, hand and coaling cranes included.

NZR Line Drawings

Line drawings and plans of NZR equipment

NZR Locomotives

Listing of all locomotive classes used by NZR.

NZR Photos

Photos of old steam trains at work in New Zealand.

NZR Plans Site

Site of plans and blue prints used by NZR

Oamaru Steam & Rail Society

Operate and ex-industrial locomotive from Harbourside station to "the red sheds".

Ocean Beach Railway

New Zealand’s first railway preservation group. Operates Steam and Diesel locomotives. Has a large amount of restored rolling stock.

Ohai Railway Board Heritage Trust

Restoring recovered steam locos, and ex-ORB diesels.

On The Rails

A site devoted to people who have worked or are working for the national railway system.

Opapa Railway Station

Being restored by a local group in the Hawkes Bay.

Ormondville Rail Bed and Breakfast

A Bed and Breakfast with a difference.

Ormondville Rail Society

Preserving Ormondville Yard which still includes a goods shed.

Otago Central Rail Trail

Walking track along the former Otago Central Railway. From Middlemarch to Clyde.

Paekakariki Railway Station

Housed in the old Paekakariki Railway station, has historic photos and displays of the railways of that area.

Pahiatua Railcar Society

Pahiatua Railcar Society. Restoring Ex-NZR railcars to mainline standard.

Patrick Dunford’s Site

A mixed bag really, from branch lines to locomotives.

Photos of Upper Hutt

Photos from around the Upper Hutt region including the Rimutaka Incline.

Plains Railway

The plains railway is set in the Tinwald domain and uses a section of the former Mt Somers branch. Operators of K88.

Pleasant Point Railway

Operators of the world’s only Ford Model T railcar.

Preserved NZR Steam

Steam locomotives preserved in New Zealand.

Rail and Maritime Transport Union

The New Zealand Rail and Maritime Transport Union

Rail Tours New Zealand

Organisers of some Mainline excursions in New Zealand.

Railway Preservation News

Railway Preservation news site


Unique tourist attraction near Greymouth. Based on an historic gold mining town has an operational steam railway.

Shantytown Railway

Web site depicting the Shantytown railway. Included locomotives, rolling stock, and route map.

Silver Stream Railway

A museum railway nestled in the Hutt Valley. Operates steam and diesel locomotives including Standard Railcars.

Slow train to anywhere

Photos of trains at work in New Zealand in the 1980's and 1990's.

South Dock Models

Company that makes models in 3/16th scale of NZR rolling stock.

Steam Incorporated

Operators of large mainline locomotives using heritage carriages on most excursions.

Steam Rail, Wanganui

Preservation group set up to restore rolling stock in the Wanganui Area.

Taieri Gorge Railway

Scenic railway between Dunedin and Middlemarch. Travels through the world-renowned Taieri Gorge.

Te Aroha Mountain Railway

Building a scenic railway around the base of sacred Mt Te Aroha.

Tokomaru Steam Museum

Steam heritage museum with Tration engine, railway and stationary engines.


The major rail freight mover in New Zealand.

Train Sim Workshops NZ

Resource for TrainSimulator modellers and alike to download NZ routes, activities, rolling stock and alike.

Train Spotters photos

NZ engines, and rolling stock made of Lego.

Tramway Historical Society

Based at the Ferrymead Historic Park, restores and maintains a vast collection of trams, including a Kiston Steam tram.

Valley Signals

Signalling in the greater Wellington Region, as well as how trains in NZ are controlled.

W & MR No 9 Restoration

Recovered from the Bealey locomotive dump, currently at McLeans Island, Steam Scene.

Waitara Railway Preservation Society

A group set up to preserve and restore the historic Waitara branch line.

WB Preservation Group

A group restoring two WB’s to steam able condition. As well as probably restoration of WD 356.

Weka Pass Railway

Operates a railway through the Weka Pass in North Canterbury.

West Coast Railway Society

A group who are restoring an 1874 steam loco recovered from a local river.

White Family Bus Productions

New Zealand Produced Railway Videos.

Whangarei Steam & Model Railway Club Railway operating in the town of Wahngarei based at the local museum. Home to the last loco imported for use in NZ.


Compiled by David Maciulaitis