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Waitara Railway Preservation Society Inc.

Contacts & Excursion Information

Waitara Railway Preservation Society Inc

PO Box 104

Waitara 4320


General Manager;-

Mike Zeier

758 1202


Eileen Bettridge;-

06 754 4973, 021 0238 3452  Leave a message if no reply.

Or Jim 027 403 3422

Email the Society here.

click here to download application form

Contacts for Excursions:-

Charter Manager
Eileen Bettridge;
06- 754-4973 021 0238 3452
Leave a message if no reply.

 P.O. Box 104

With the help from the TET and TSB and the members financing the deposit, the branch Line was purchased in the year 2001, from TranzRail at a cost of $360,000.บบ
2003, Was when the Society started carrying fare paying passengers.
2004 The Tahora Station building was sited at Brixton, Waitara Road.
From end of April to start of daylight saving, the Branch Line is closed for Winter maintenance.
Trips available subject to requests and availability of the Branch Line.
Thanks to the generosity of the TSB Community trust with a grant we have been able to re-sleeper and perform other work on the Bridge 2 ( Waiongana River) which has allowed us to once again run through to Lepperton.

Excursion times;- 11:00 am, 01:30 pm

Board the train at Waitara, beside the New World Supermarket on Ogle and Queen Streets.

Travel on the Waitara Branch Line which was opened in 1875. Part of the first Railway in Taranaki between Waitara and New Plymouth.
The train Travels under the road bridge top of Big Jim's Hill, on Highway 3, which we say is our tunnel.
At Brixton we travel through our yards where the “The Former Tahora Station” is sited.
On the way one will see an old house, just over Kairau Road, which was used as a maternity home about the late 1800s.
There is a short stop at Brixton ( former Tahora Station) on the way to Lepperton for operational purposes , passengers may alight and view our operation but will need to be back on board once the guard has rung the station bell.

 Our Fares;- Adults $15.00

Child five over years $5.00

Family $30.00.

Times and Information are subject to change without notice.

Visitors are most welcome.

The Society has working bees Saturdays and Wednesdays, which usually starts about 08:30am.
To get to the yard, drive up Waitara Road off the main road and when one reaches the railway line they turn right into through the gate which, is over the railway line.
Be mindful of rail vehicles that may be operating.