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

Latest News From The Plains Museum

Celebrating 50 years

We’re Celebrating!!!!

Over the weekend of 18th & 19th Nov, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary since the Opening of our Heritage Railway in 1973, by operating our 3 Steam Locos: A64, K88, Ja1260 along with Railcar Rm50 during each day. A rare chance to experience the grand old days of Steam and Rail Travel! Each Ticket purchased gives the holder unlimited Rides on the day of Purchase: Adults $12, Child $6 (under 17 years), Family $30 (2A, 2C) & preschoolers free.

Opening our Weekend celebrations will be Ashburton Mayor Neil Brown, at 11am – speeches, ribbon and cake cutting takes place before the first passenger service departs at 11.15am.

Onsite view Stationary Engines, Vintage Machinery and Vintage Cars or use the Shuttle (gold coin donation per person) to our display area where you’ll find Traction Engines, Chaff cutting and Threshing Mill displays, Clydesdale Horses, Modern and Vintage Implements and Machinery.

Food will be available both in the village area and display area. For the children, the Popup Playground team will have inflatable fun (weather permitting), with vintage games to try.

Parking: in our Car-park, with a shuttle service to the display area for a gold coin donation per person or direct entry to the Display area is via the Ashburton Vintage Car Club – 86 Maronan Road, which you’ll find 500m beyond the Museum site (will be sign posted).

Our dedicated voluntary members continue the work of the founding Members, both past and present, and proudly keep the Museum site and all the assets of The Plains Railway, a top attraction for visitors to Mid Canterbury to enjoy!

We look forward to seeing you!

All-round genuine legend – Mike Ross

A great article in today’s local community newspaper – The Ashburton Courier – on founding member Mike Ross. An all-round genuine legend who always has the society’s best interests at heart and is proud of the continued efforts by the dedicated team of volunteers maintaining and operating the assets of our Society.

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.

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