Steam Train Operating

Pleasant Point Railway Station, Timaru, Canterbury
Come step back in time and experience what it is was like to travel back in the 1920s. Travel in style behind a steam locomotive in our restored carriages experiencing what it was like travel in first, second and third class. 

Travel on the train and Model T railcar as many times as you want for the day and enjoy the rest of the museum as well. Furthermore, learn about local life and the story that goes with it.

We now have...
- Ab 699 Locomotive, fully operational
- The Model T Ford Railcar that runs daily during the summer
- Two kilometers of relaid track
- NZ’s only restored half birdcage carriage. 
- D16, former freezing works shunting loco, restored to working condition.
- A huge shed at Keanes Crossing, built to house a workshop, rolling stock and displays.

More attractions at Keanes Crossing:
- Vintage movie theatre showing old-time films.
- Printing machinery on display.
- Operating model railway and much more for you to enjoy.

When the Fairlie Branch line closed in 1968, a group of people with a passion to preserve history for future generations set up the Pleasant Point Railway and Historical Society. All they had was a vision, a steam locomotive, and a vandalized railway station. 

In 1970 a steam locomotive, Ab 699, was placed as a static exhibit on the only piece of track not lifted, about 50 meters, in front of the old Pleasant Point Railway Station. A museum was set up in the railway station.

The Museum:
There are two museums for you to see when you visit us.

The first is in the Pleasant Point railway station, which you can visit for free on a running day. The second is at our Keanes Crossing complex, which you ride the train down to see. In its heyday, the Pleasant Point railway station was a busy place, with grain, wool, and stock going out and fertilizer, coal, and timber coming in, as well as passengers.

The station building was built in 1875 and once housed the Post Office, sending letters and telegrams until a Post Office was built across the street from the station around 1913. In those times the Stationmaster was one of the pillars of the community and when he left the area he was usually honored with a farewell function.

Also on display here is the old Washdyke junction signal branch. It controlled trains for both the mainline and the Fairlie branch.

The Keanes Crossing complex houses a much larger collection of displays. Among them are a vintage printery, the collection of rolling stock and locomotives as well as displays of old computers and telexes.

There is also a restored ganger’s hut, which track gangs used to stay in when they were working away from home, and a jigger shed built in a similar fashion to the old railway jigger sheds.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that services will run as advertised the right is reserved to vary, alter or cancel any service without notice and no liability for any loss or delay is accepted by the pleasant Point Railway and Museum. 

Prices subject to change.
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