The Vintage Railway
The vintage railway section of our website is split into several categories, using the list below select the category you wish to learn more about.
LocomotivesOur locomotive collection comprises of some nine engines of various types - ranging from the tiny to the massive. Most of our locomotives saw service within the Mid-Canterbury area before they were museum pieces and provide an interesting look at how railway motive power developed from the 1970's through to the 1950's and beyond.
CarriagesOur carriage fleet provides you with a nice place to sit while riding the train! Some of our carriages are now over 100 years old, a fine tribute to the workman of the early 1900's that their wooden carriages are still in regular use today.
Freight WagonsOur freight wagon collection is wide and varied, from a tank wagon with its origins in pre 1890 to a massive bulk tallow wagon of the 1960's our freight wagon collection spans over 100 years of railways in New Zealand.
Railway CranesThe Plains Railway is home to a small collection of various Rail-Mounted cranes. The collection includes air, steam and hand operated types from both private operators and New Zealand Railways.