Links

Below is a list of other rail oriented sites which we hope you will find interesting. If you have a suggestion for other rail sites which you think we might like to include please feel free to email us.
 
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Mainline Steam relies heavily on sponsorship to restore and operate our locomotives and to maintain our facilities. If you company would like to sponsor us in some way please contact us here.
 
 
 
Preservation
The Bush Tramway Club Inc. 
The Bush Tramway Club consists of a group of people from all walks of life who have come together to rescue and preserve items of interest to the previously neglected sphere of bush tramways and industrial railways in New Zealand.
 
Federation of New Zealand Rail Organisations. The Federation was formed in 1972 to provide co-ordination and leadership to the heritage and tourist rail industry in New Zealand. This enables industry issues to be dealt with in the most efficient manner, minimising the individual inputs that would otherwise be required by each member organisation.
 
Ferrymead Heritage Park.  Ferrymead Heritage Park features an Edwardian Township complete with Picture Theatre, School House, Church, Bakery, Jail and Railway Station as well as a fascinating array of museum and heritage collections. There are horse and carriage rides daily, tram rides on weekends and trains running on the 1st Sunday of each month. When operating, unlimited tram and train rides are included in the entrance price.
 
New Zealand Railways Steam Locomotives.  This site portrays the locomotives that were used on the New Zealand Railways network. The period covered is from 1870 until 28 October 1971 when the last steam locomotive dropped its fire and was withdrawn from service.
 
 
Pleasant Point Railway and Museum.  Take a journey back in time... to the Pleasant Point Museum and Railway.
Situated 15 minutes West of Timaru, South Island, New Zealand
 
Rimutaka Incline Railway.  The Rimutaka Incline Railway proposal aims to reinstate and operate a world-class heritage-tourist railway between Wellington and the Wairarapa. The Railway will be a unique tourist attraction for Wellington and New Zealand, and a major contributor to the regional economy.
 
The Silverstream Railway. We hope that you will take an opportunity to pay a visit to the Silver Stream Railway. Here, nestled in this quiet corner of the Hutt Valley, you will find one of New Zealand's most comprehensive and largest collections of preserved and operating steam locomotives.
 
The Fell Engine and the Rimutaka Incline.  The Rimutaka Range presented a great challenge to the engineers looking to construct a railway to Wairarapa from the capital city. The track had snaked alongside the Wellington harbour from 1870, and, easily made its way through the Hutt Valley, reaching Upper Hutt by 1874.
 
The Plains Railway, Ashburton. The Plains Railway become the center or world-wide attention when in 1981 the Rogers Locomotive Works Built 'K' Class locomotive, 'K'88 or "Washington" as she is named, was returned to steam after being buried in the Oreti River for 50 years for use as a stop-bank and railway protection. What also attracted large amounts of attention was that this restoration was performed largely by one man, the late Bob Anderson. 
 
Weka Pass Railway.  The Weka Pass Railway is a historic rural railway using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives on 12.8 km of scenic line through the unique limestone beauty of the Weka Pass out of Waipara, where superior weather patterns provide crystal clear air and high sunshine hours.

West Coast Railway Association  The West Coast Railway Association has an impressive history. In its thirty-five years since it was incorporated it has amassed the largest collection of railway rolling stock and artifacts in Canada outside of Quebec.

Rail Companies
Veolia New Zealand.  Veolia Transport is currently contracted to the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) to operate passenger rail services in Auckland. Upgrading of the rail network is a gradual process of renewal and improvement in line with the Regional Land Transport Strategy 2003.  This includes continuing to support ARTA's initiatives to double-track the Western line, upgrade rail stations and procure new rolling stock.

Veolia Transport is focused on meeting the needs of our customers. Veolia Transport has access to experienced technical personnel from around the world. We are incorporating systems and processes that have been successful around the world into the development of the Auckland rail network.
 
Savannahlander. The Savannahlander is a classic 1960 Rail Motor which travels between Cairns and Forsayth, giving passengers one of the great rail experiences of the world as it rattles its way from the coast, up the scenic Kuranda Railway, through World Heritage listed rainforests, the through the savannah to outback Australia. "The Silver Bullet" as the train is affectionately known, was state-of-the-art when it was brought into service. Now it reflects the pace and grace of a by-gone era, while at the same time offering a unique experience to people adventurous enough to make the journey.
 
Taieri Gorge Railway  The Taieri Gorge Railway is a tourist orientated railway based in Dunedin, New Zealand. 
 
 TranzScenic  New Zealand's long distance rail passenger service.

KiwiRail New Zealand's rail company.

KiwiRail Freight The freight arm of KiwiRail.

 
Government Departments.
 Transport Accident Investigation. Just what it says.
 
Timeframes. The National Library of New Zealand Photographic collection. Try searching under trains for some great historic photos.
 
General Interest.
Phillips' Railway Models. Models of New Zealand Railways, paints, accessories, posters.

The Lost Spring Spa. Whitianga's luxury hot pools and spa. Nestled in the heart of Whitianga, lush tropical bush surrounds the pools of The Lost Spring. Recline beneath shaded trees, soak in the waters and watch the world go by. Sculpted pathways let you wander amidst the grotto, crystal cave, native bush and the abundant bird life.

The Campaign for Better Transport. The Campaign for Better Transport is a politically independent, voluntary incorporated society which is committed to better transport alternatives for Auckland city. It is run by a committee that meets on a monthly basis.

Railpictures Net. A fantastic collection of rail pictures from all around the world.
 
Majik Video. This is the place for New Zealand train video's. Majik makes the Railscene video magazine. 
 
Prada Sunglasses.100% authentic Prada & Prada Sport Sun Glasses for men & women on sale today.
 
Train Puzzles: Like jig saws? Then try this site for more free jigsaws than you can shake a stick at.
 
Thomas On Line. For all your Thomas the Tank Engine supplies.
 
Rail Jobs Network. A UK based rail employment service.

 
Accommodation.
Mainline Steam lists sites in this section for your information only and makes no recommendation as to the quality, good or otherwise, of the establishments. They have been good enough to support Mainline Steam by providing a link to our web site on their site.
 
CHRISTCHURCH.
Arena Motel. Closest motel to railway station, Westpac Centre Addington Raceway and Tower Junction megacentre. Convenient to city centre and only a 2 minute walk to Addington Village. We promise our guests a friendly, helpful service and offer modern, spacious units, all with kitchenette and ensuite. Services include laundry, continental breakfasts and FREE train transfer. Qualmark 4 star.
 
Jailhouse Accommodation. This is a tasteful renovation of the old prison. A truly different place to stay in Christchurch. Safe secure accommodation at reasonable rates.
 
 

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