Welcome to the Mainline Steam 2014 Calendar page. We post details of our excursions once all the details are confirmed. This page is updated on a regular basis so please check back often to see what is happening.

  Booking Now: Midland Mountaineer to Greymouth

 Charters and Events:
Mainline Steam welcomes inquiries for charters and events. A steam train is a great attraction and can generate a lot of interest for a client or staff day out. Have you considered booking a carriage (50 seats) on one of our regular excursions? This can be an exciting and affordable day out and makes a great promotional tool offering your clients a memorable experience. Contact us for more details. 

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: 09 820 9131.


Timetable for Arthurs Pass Excursions.
Christchurch: 09:30am, Rolleston 09:48am, Darfield 10:12am, Springfield 10:32am, Cora Lynn 12:10pm, Arthurs Pass 12:40am (Arr) 02:05pm (Dep), Christchurch 05:30pm (Arr)


Due to the large demand for these trains we are pleased to be able to announce an extra trip on Sunday 31st of August. Now sold out

Winter is here again but shrug off those winter blues and join Mainline Steam for a fantastic day out deep into the heart of the Southern Alps behind a historic steam locomotive. Travel in comfort in fully heated carriages with large picture windows to maximise your view of this stunning landscape. The train travels from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass and return and along the way we will give you the opportunity to see, hear and photograph and watch the train from track side. The sight and sound of a magnificent steam locomotive in action amongst the mountain scenery is a memory you will cherish for a lifetime. There is a buffet car on the train where you can purchase light refreshments and we have a 90 minute stop at Arthurs Pass.

Don’t miss your chance to travel this alpine route behind steam and book now on 0800462978 or fill out the form below and post it or fax it back to us. Fax number: 09 820 9131

Postal address: Mainline Steam, c/o 46 Patiki Road, Avondale, Auckland, 1026

Booking forms are available to download here: 6th July. 20th July. 10th August. 24th August.

Locomotives: Ja1240 will be hauling the excursion on the 6th of July and then Ka942 will haul the remainder.

Fares: Adults $110. Children (under 15 years) $80. Seniors (over 65) $100. Family (2A-2C) $295.

You can email here:

Midland Mountaineer. 6th and 7th September 2014.
Join Mainline Steam for this great weekend adventure. Travel from Christchurch to Greymouth on Saturday 6th. Stay overnight and return on Sunday 7th. Accommodation in Greymouth is the historic Kingsgate Hotel. On Saturday evening there will be a sumptuous buffet dinner and a chance for an enjoyable evening with all your fellow passengers. Our journey to and from Greymouth will be behind steam locomotive Ka942 and takes in some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand as our train crosses high viaducts and clings to the mountainside high above turquoise rivers. There is a chance there may still be snow on the mountains. Places are strictly limited so don’t delay in booking. Call 0800 462-978 today to secure your seat.

6th Depart Christchurch 0930 Springfield 1100 Arthurs Pass 1315, Arrive Greymouth 1820

7th Depart Greymouth 0915, Arthurs Pass 1310, Springfield 1625, Arrive Christchurch 1745.


Full package – Train, accommodation, dinner and breakfast.

Adult (Share Twin*) $420 per person.
*Please note MLS does not arrange for people traveling on their own to share a room with another passenger.

Adult (Single) $500 per person.

Train Only:

Adult Return Christchurch – Greymouth – Christchurch. $285 per person.

Adult 1 way. Christchurch to Greymouth or Greymouth to Christchurch. $225 per person.

A booking form is available here to download and send in.

Ka942 is off to Greymouth this coming weekend. If you are out chasing the train please remember to stay off Railway property. We especially ask that you stay out of Greymouth yard. Last year we had people wandering around taking photos while we were trying to service and turn the loco. This caused us problems. This year we ask that you get your photos elsewhere and stay clear of the yard. Your help in this respect is appreciated.

Helensville Express
Sunday 27th September 2014  CANCELLED

This is a combined excursion between Mainline Steam and The Railway Enthusiasts Society. We will be using Ja1275 to haul a train of beautifully restored RES carriages.
This is a great chance to get together with a group of friends and have a day out on a steam excursion to Helensville. The train will be running all the way from the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this excursion. The triangle at Helensville was damaged in a storm and is unusable. Without it we cannot turn the locomotive for the return journey. KiwiRail initially indicated that they would have it repaired in time for our excursion but have now contacted us to say this will not be the case. Hopefully, they will undertake repairs at some time in the future and we will be able to run steam excursions to Helensville again.

 For Bookings Contact:
Mainline Steam
c/o 46 Patiki Road, Avondale, Auckland 1026, New Zealand.
Telephone: (09) 810 9567.
All excursions must be pre-booked.