Pleasant Point Railway & Historical Society

Welcome South Canterbury's award-winning railway!


Mark your calendars - in September we want you to party like it's 1970!


September 27 marks 50 years since the Pleasant Point Railway and Historical Society was formed and we're going to celebrate it in style. 


D16 and Ab699 will be running alternating trips, alongside RM4. The day starts at 10.30am and runs through til 4.30pm. Then, at 7pm, we'll be doing a number of night runs, through to 9pm. 


For the evening services we're reducing the cost of tickets to $5 per adult, but children will ride free! (NB, tickets for night services are separate to tickets bought for the daytime running.)



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.