Film Location: Parnell depot makes a great location for commercial film makers and a number of advertisements and scenes from TV shows and movies have been filmed there. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the possibilities further.
Mainline Steam Gift Vouchers.
The ideal gift for that train mad person in your life.
Vouchers are available in 50, 100 or 150 dollar denominations and can be used towards the purchase of a ticket on any of Mainline Steams public excursions.
Perfect for birthdays or just to say thanks to that someone special.
You can order yours by phoning 0800 462 978 or posting the order form to:
Mainline Steam, c/o 2 McEntee Road, Waitakere, Auckland, 0614. Fax: 09 302 3003.
Summertime Steam Supreme - Triple Treat
Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th January 2014
Old enough to remember those fun filled holidays by steam train or young enough to enjoy a new summertime travel experience? Whichever way, don’t miss the rare opportunity to ride in style behind steam, wave to those line side spectators less inclined than you and thrill to the shrill chimes of the loco as it lets one and all know who is king!
Glenbrook Railway and Mainline Steam welcome the opportunity to base their heritage steam locomotive and carriage set in Hamilton for the Auckland Anniversary Weekend and operate a range of exciting steam hauled excursions in the Waikato. This is a rare opportunity to ride behind an express steam locomotive and carriages on the North Island Main Trunk line to Taumarunui or Te Kuiti or to ride on the East Coast Main Trunk as far as Waharoa. Two days, Three trips plus relocation runs will ensure an opportunity for everyone to partake in this summertime experience with a difference.
With the opportunity to operate steam on the mainline becoming increasingly difficult it is time to grab the moment and enjoy the camaraderie of like minded travellers, smell the smoke, sniff the steam, and enjoy the passing views from comfortable heritage carriages while JA1275 works hard at the head end.
The weekend will commence with a relocation run from Glenbrook to Hamilton on Friday afternoon 24th January. Departing 2pm and arriving Hamilton 4.10pm, passengers may ride the train one way and return by their own means or if numbers are sufficient a return coach will be arranged.
Saturday 25th January will see JA1275 and her 6 carriage train depart Hamilton for Taumarunui at 8.00am. This trip is the longest of the weekend and will feature main trunk running through stunning King Country scenery particularly south of Te Kuiti where the engine will work hard up to the Porotarao Tunnel. After following the beautiful Ongarue valley the train will arrive at Taumarunui at 11.15am approx and be readied for a return departure at 1.00pm. A return time of 4.38pm is booked for the train into Hamilton. Intermediate stops at Te Awamutu and Te Kuiti are planned for passenger pick up and set down.
Sunday 26th January will herald an 8.00am morning departure from Hamilton bound for Waharoa. A spirited run across the Waikato countryside should have passengers enjoying a rural jaunt with smoke trails drifting over the train and countryside. After running around on the Waharoa triangle the train will return to Hamilton arriving approximately 11.15am.
After refuelling and watering, JA1275 will again bring her train to the platform in time for a 1.15pm departure for Te Kuiti. Another spirited run on the Main trunk should thrill passengers and add magic to that summer holiday experience. On arrival at Te Kuiti passengers will be able to watch the loco being turned on the turntable, servicing done and recoupling completed ready for a 4.00pm departure. Arrival into Hamilton is timed for 5.10 pm and after de-training passengers and reboarding new ones, the train will continue to Glenbrook arriving 7.15pm.
Thus this brings to a close a wonderful Summertime weekend of Steam magic. The trips are designed to suit all tastes and budgets and also introduce children to the joy of steam train travel. Buy a ticket as a Christmas Gift, make someone’s holiday special or treat yourself to a day out in style. Whatever the motive don’t delay book today!
Full trip details and confirmed departure / arrival times will be mailed out appox 10 days prior to the weekend excursion departure dates. Soft drinks, Snacks, Water, Tea & Coffee will be available en route on the train on all excursions. Lunch both days will be at the passengers own expense. There are plenty of Food bars, Cafes, and shops in both Taumarunui and Te Kuiti, or pack a picnic for the family and enjoy your own day out.
Fares are as shown on the booking form. Child's fares are based on children 4-14. Under 4’s may travel free provided they don’t occupy a seat. A $10 discount is allowed for passengers boarding at Te Awamutu and $15 for Te Kuiti travellers on the Saturday. Please read carefully the terms and conditions of booking overleaf.
Alan Verry & Michael Tolich Excursion Organizers Don’t delay book today. Booking form available here.
For bookings please complete and return the booking form or telephone 0800 472 453 or 09 636 9361. Fax 09 636 9558.
Forms can be posted to: Summertime Steam, PO Box 13684, Onehunga, Auckland 1643.