Pleasant Point Railway & Historical Society

Welcome aboard 

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.

Back on track

Make your Friday night a memorable one with a train ride in the dark and a concert and charity auction.

Back on Track is taking place tomorrow night, from 7pm to 1am at the Pleasant Point Museum & Railway as a fundraiser for repairs to the Model T Ford railcar, RM4.

Ride the steam train from Pleasant Point Station on Afghan Street to the venue at Keanes Crossing and catch the train back at the end of the night. The admission price of $10 per adult includes a train ride and entry to the concert. It's a gold coin donation for children. 

Along with a massive haul of top-notch items being auctioned off, 18 bands and artists will be playing through the night.

Eftpos is available on site and food and drinks are available throughout the night. 

Along with the train, a bus service will be running for residents of Pleasant Point and mini vans will cater for people from Timaru or Temuka.

For more information ring (03) 614 7227.

Tickets are available from Point of Beauty, Pleasant Point Butchery and Legends Cafe. Timaru residents can also book tickets by ringing (03) 686 2269.

Thanks, and see you there.

Bryan Blanchard,

Model T Ford railcar - important notice

Unfortunately, RM4 is out of service for the foreseeable future after a car drove into it at a controlled railway crossing. 

The Model T has suffered damage to its chassis and motor and this means the daily running - which was meant to continue to February 23 - has been cancelled.

Thank you to the volunteers and businesses who are helping us get the T back on the rails again. Your effort is invaluable.

This is the first level crossing crash we have had in our more than 40 years operating and we hope it's our last. 

Please always take care at railway crossings.

Ab 699's 10-year survey

Every year our steam engines undergo a safety audit, but every 10 years it all gets a little more complicated and the locomotives are stripped, with every nook and cranny inspected.

Ab 699 is going through that mammoth process at the moment.

While the engine is being inspected new cladding has been ordered and the 86-ton locomotive's boiler will get a fresh coat of paint before it re-enters service.

In the meantime, 126-year-old D 16 is hauling the trains over the holiday period. 

The society hopes to get the Ab back on the rails by July.

150 years of rail in New Zealand

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.

It turned out to be a bigger event than we ever could have envisaged. Thank you to everyone who came to visit - that's more than 1100 of you (almost the entire population of the township!).