A small army of volunteers keep this award-winning charitable group - and all of its equipment - running. They are all working to preserve New Zealand's railway history and the history of the South Canterbury area.
If you're not from the area and don't know where to find us you can pinpoint us here. And if your visit doesn't co-incide with a running day you can arrange a special visit, or simply drop by most Saturdays or Wednesdays, when the team are on site.
New Zealand had a population of barely 1 million when 100,000 of our men served overseas in World War 1. Sadly, one in five who served did not return home. These events touched nearly every family in South Canterbury and around New Zealand. It shook every community, school, workplace and group.
To remember the sad events our military has been involved in over the years, Pleasant Point Museum and Railway is bringing together displays of equipment and machinery formerly used by military services over the years. These include Jeeps, trucks, field guns, a Bren gun carrier and a machine gun nest on display in the Keanes Crossing shed. A carriage will also be done up as a Red Cross carriage and steam engine ‘D’16 will be pushing a wagon in front with a machine gun nest mounted on it.
Added attractions on display over the weekend include a working stationary engine display from the Christchurch Historic Machinery Club, the Mackenzie Highland Pipe Band, South Canterbury Traction Engine and Vintage Steam Club and Nigel Gamble’s historic museum tool exhibit.
Running starts at 10.30am on the Saturday and Sunday. The last trains from Pleasant Point station leave at 4pm.
Pleasant Point joined the celebrations of 150 years of rail in New Zealand, with a special event on July 20 and 21.Two steam engines pulled trains throughout the weekend. Joining it, the Model T Ford railcar, RM4 gave rides on the Saturday, with a motorised track jigger and trolley giving rides on the Sunday.