Operating Days

Saturday 30th March 2024 ((From 11:00am ’til 4:00pm))

Operating Days at The Plains Vintage Railway & Historical Museum


All tickets purchased entitle the bearer to ALL DAY rides on our train on the day of purchase. EFTPOS is available on site!
We do not accept credit cards.

Public Running Days

Vintage Railcar Rides with Rm50 operating, try out a Hand Jigger Ride, Stationary Engine and Vintage Machinery Displays, Hot Food and Coffee available. Free Activities for the Children – a real Heritage experience for the whole family!
February 18, 2024
Vintage Railcar Rides operating with RM50, every half an hour from 11am – 3.30pm. Free Childrens Games and Activities, working Stationary Engine Display, Blacksmith and more!
February 4, 2024
Operating Locomotive Railcar RM50 – take a unique Cab Ride on Steam Loco A64 for a small charge! Enclosed Footwear must be worn for this.
January 21, 2024
Operating Locomotive Railcar RM50
January 14, 2024
K 88 – Rogers Locomotive Works
Operating locomotive Ja1260
January 7, 2024
Ja1260 Operating
March 30, 2024
Ja1260 Operating
March 31, 2024
Locomotive to be advised. Operating loco to be advised
April 14, 2024
A64 Operating, Ashburton’s Wheels Week Plus Event. See “Wheels of Yester-year” on display.
May 4, 2024
K 88 Running At The Plains Railway Today, 140 Years Since It First Pulled A Train In Canterbury

Find us at 20 Maronan Road, Tinwald, Ashburton, which is beside the Tinwald Domain, where plenty of parking is available. Entry to the complex is via donation.

Limited displays are viewable all year round – or contact us prior to your visit to arrange a guided tour: Find out more

We operate Public Running Days from September to June, with train rides every half hour – from 11am – with the last train departing at 3.30pm.

Our Museum Village buildings are open, with stationary engines and vintage machinery on display.
Also on site is the Ashburton Fire Museum, Ashburton Steam & Model Engineers, Ashburton Woodworkers and Lynn Museum who are usually open (staff dependent).

The ticket office is located in the station building where you can purchase souvenirs and trinkets. The station waiting room also has a range of children’s activities to keep them busy. 

The popup playground provides inflatable fun for the kids (weather permitting), and there is usually hot food available, along with coffee from vendors on site, but you can also bring a picnic and enjoy the Tinwald Domain surroundings, playground and duck pond.

To get the latest up to date information visit our Facebook page: The Plains Railway & Historical Museum.

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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