Welcome to the Mainline Steam 2017 Calendar page. We post details of our excursions once all the details are confirmed. 2017 looks as though it will be a lean year for excursions. KiwiRail have withdrawn from service all the carriages we used for our excursions.
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 impossible for us to continue any restoration or maintenance work. 

Ao Carriage Test Run
29th January 2017

After a lot of hard work we are now in the last stages of the certification process for our overhauled Ao carriages. It has been a long road but we have now been asked by NZTA to take the carriages for a short shakedown run. They have given us a special dispensation to carry passengers to help offset the charges from KiwiRail. As such we are pleased to offer you the chance to be a part of Mainline Steam history and come along for the ride and be the first to travel in our carriages.

The train is fully air conditioned and will have a buffet car serving light refreshments on the journey. There is an open platform observation car for you to enjoy uninterrupted views.

There is only one pick up point and that is from our Plimmerton Depot, which will be open for you to look around before departure. We suggest you park in the Plimmerton Park and Ride and enter out site through our back gate by the underpass walkway. Or you could just catch a suburban train to Plimmerton and enter our yard via the public walkway at the South end of Plimmerton Station.

Departs Plimmerton 08:35am
Arrives Otaki 10:50am
Arrives Plimmerton 01:10pm

The train will be hauled by KiwiRail diesels and will run from Plimmerton to Porirua where the locomotives will run around the train. Then it will run to Otaki with an inspection stop at Paekakariki. At Otaki there will be an hour’s stop to let you visit the town and get some lunch if you wish.

Adults $50. Child $35. Family (2A+2C) $150.

Booking details are available here.

Or you can telephone: 04 233 8131. We accept MasterCard and Visa.