Pleasant Point Railway & Historical Society

Welcome South Canterbury's award-winning railway!


Important coronavirus update

Like many operators around New Zealand, we’re keeping a close eye on the pandemic situation that’s playing out. Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty of the situation, we had to cancel our "Kiwi The Engine & Friends" running days. Until New Zealand is out of lockdown, all activities on site have been suspended to ensure we are playing out part to "flatten the peak" - preventing the risk of transmission to other people.

While we are in uncharted waters, we want everyone to follow the basic steps that can help protect not only you, but the people around you too: wash your hands for 20 seconds, and staying at home if you are sick.

- From your volunteers at Pleasant Point Museum and Railway.


We run 2km along the formation of the former Fairlie Branch Line, using locomotives, carriages, and a railcar that a small army of volunteers keep in top order. Throughout the year you will hear a whistle or a horn as trainloads of passengers from around the world ride the rails at Pleasant Point, a picturesque spot between the mountains and the sea. 


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.


People from around the world have made their way to Pleasant Point to ride the train. They include visitors from Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Holland, China, the UK, Germany, Canada & Israel.

Ab699, dressed as Ab718, leaves Pleasant Point station on September 23, 2018, its first day of running in five years. It had undergone an extensive survey and maintenance project undertaken by members, with help from generous businesses around Canterbury. Photo: John Bisset/The Timaru Herald


Kiwi the Engine

This Easter weekend Kiwi will be at our museum the 11th, 12th 13th of April 2020.

Kiwi always looks forward meeting everyone.