Pleasant Point Museum and Railway, Pleasant Point, South Canterbury
We are back open after the COVID pandemic, so come to visit us.
Bring the family and visit this multi-award-winning attraction, built along 2km of the former Fairlie branch line, and preserves local and railway history.
Step back in time and experience what it is was like to travel back in the 1920s. Travel in style behind a steam locomotive in our restored carriages experiencing what it was like travel in first, second, and third class.
Travel on the train and Model T railcar as many times as you want for the day and enjoy the rest of the museum as well. Furthermore, kids of all ages will love the model railway vintage movie theatre and learn about local life and the story that goes with it.
When the Fairlie Branch line closed in 1968, a group of people with a passion to preserve history for future generations set up the Pleasant Point Railway and Historical Society. All they had was a vision, a steam locomotive, and a vandalized railway station.
In 1970 a steam locomotive, Ab 699, was placed as a static exhibit on the only piece of track not lifted, about 50 meters, in front of the old Pleasant Point Railway Station. A museum was set up in the railway station.
We now have...
- Ab 699 Locomotive, fully operational
- The Model T Ford Railcar that runs daily during the summer
- Two kilometers of relaid track
- NZ’s only restored half birdcage carriage.
- D16, former freezing works shunting loco, restored to working condition.
- A huge shed at Keanes Crossing, built to house a workshop, rolling stock, and displays.
More attractions at Keanes Crossing...
- Vintage movie theatre showing old-time films.
- Printing machinery on display.
- Operating model railway and much more for you to enjoy.
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