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.

Kiwi the Engine's back!

This Easter at the Pleasant Point Railway sees the launch of the third book  in the popular "Kiwi the Engine" trilogy.

The book, "Kiwi the Engine meets Queen Bee" follows on from "Kiwi The Engine and Friends and the Railway Rabbits" and "Kiwi The Engine and Friends Find a Little Brown Egg".

The series of books are written by Pleasant Point writer Karalyn Joyce and illustrated by Whangarei's Helen Applegate. 

The concept has been popular with visitors over Easter Weekend. 

The 137-year-old engine, D16, and the three carriages are named after native birds and animals – Kiwi is the engine, and the carriages trundling along behind it are named Tama the Tuatara, Percy the Little Blue Penguin and Polly the Pukeko.

Karalyn Reid says the books are also educational, having facts about the characters they portray. She says "Kiwi The Engine and Friends and the Railway Rabbits" taught kids about pests introduced to New Zealand,

"Kiwi the Engine meets Queen Bee" focuses on the honey bee and beekeeping, along with information about the town of Pleasant Point three of its iconic business people.

Other characters continue in this book – the funny old Station Master, neighbour Farmer Brown, the kind lady in the ticket office.

All three books will be available on the Saturday and Sunday of Easter at the Pleasant Point Railway, or by emailing here.

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 on running days.

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!).