Welcome to the Mainline Steam 2017 Calendar page. We post details of our excursions once all the details are confirmed. We are pleased to announce that we now have our own fleet of carriages based in Wellington so we will be looking to develop excursions to put them to good use. There is a photo of one of the interiors here and the exterior here. All cars are heated and air conditioned and feature large panoramic windows to maximize the view.
In the Auckland area our focus has to be on building a new depot to house our equipment which is currently spread over a number of locations making it difficult for us to continue any restoration or maintenance work. 

Mainline Steam Lunch Excursion to
Chateau Tongariro
Saturday 7th October 2017

Join Mainline Steam on this rail adventure to the central plateau for a massive day of steam on the mainline. Steam locomotive JB1236 will be in charge from Palmerston North to National Park and return, the Plimmerton to Palmerston North sections will be diesel hauled.

Ride in our immaculately restored fleet of AO carriages with large viewing windows, air conditioning, heating and modern comfortable seating.
Relax in comfort as we travel up the Kapiti Coast into the Manawatu region over spectacular bridges as we head north through Taihape and up onto the central plateau.  Enjoy the vista as we approach the mountains and ski resort of Ohakune. A bus will transfer you to the magnificent Chateau Tongariro for lunch. After lunch the bus will return you to the train for our return journey through the late afternoon and into the evening.

Our buffet car will have food and drinks available. Please note that EFTPOS is not available on this train. All transactions are cash only.
Passenger pickup and drop offs at Paraparaumu, Otaki, Levin and Palmerston North, Fielding and Taihape.

Fares: Train Only
Depart Plimmerton 5.30am or Paraparaumu 6.00am
Adult - $195
Child - $110

Depart Otaki 6.30 am or Levin 7.10am
Adult - $185
Child - $100

Depart Palmerston North 8.00am or Fielding 8.25am
Adult - $175
Child - $90

Depart Taihape 10.45am
Adult - $120
Child - $50

Add the Chateau Tongariro Buffet Lunch: $39.95 per adult and $20.50 per child.

Train Times:
Please be at your chosen departure station at least 15 minutes before the timetabled departure time.

Plimmerton:         Depart 5:30am               Arrive 10:30pm

Paraparaumu:      Depart 6:00am               Arrive 10:00pm

Otaki:                   Depart 6:30am               Arrive 09:15pm

Levin:                   Depart 7:10am               Arrive 08:30pm

Palmerston North: Depart 8:00am              Arrive 07:30pm

Feilding:               Depart 8:25am               Arrive 07:00pm

Taihape:               Depart 10:45am             Arrive 05:30pm

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A booking form with full details is available here. You can also call 04 2338131 or 09 8109567 during business hours. Or you can email here.

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