The Plains Vintage Railway & Historical Museum

This Heritage railway and recreated historic village is run by The Ashburton Railway & Preservation Society (Inc.). We have an extensive and exciting amount to see and do for all the family. There is also a function room, Historic Church along with Train (Steam or Diesel) for hire / charter.

Next Running Day:

Sunday 10th December 2023 ((From 11:00am 'til 4:00pm))

Our running days are a brilliant day out for all the family. All day rides on our trains, multiple exhibits and activities, playgrounds and more. Also onsite is the Ashburton Fire Museum, Ashburton Steam & Model Engineers, the Ashburton Woodworkers and Lynn Museum.

About Us

Travel back in time with The Plains Vintage Railway and Historical Museum, preserving a century-old railway that once transported coal and lime. Enjoy a nostalgic ride on a vintage steam train and explore captivating exhibits, including historic farm machinery

Step into the past and experience the charm of Mid Canterbury’s rich history.

You can find us at 20 Maronan Road, Tinwald, Ashburton, which is beside the Tinwald Domain, where there is plenty of parking available.

You can also type ‘The Plains Vintage Railway’ into your phone map app or click here for directions.