Home of WA165

Welcome to the world of our Wa165 Steam Locomotive. Its home is in Gisborne the sunny corner of the North Island where we are first to see the sun of the new day in New Zealand.

Wa165 is the only remaining Wa class train which was built in Hillside workshops in 1897 in Dunedin, New Zealand. Our Wa165 was the ideal locomotive for the heavily graded railway line between Gisborne and Motuhora where it spent most of its working life.

Now Wa165 is retired but comes out for special steam trips and excursions for you and your families out in the sun. What makes our steam trips so special is the travel across the airport (the only one in the southern hemisphere).

August 2016

As Winter 2016 ends and we are moving closer to spring we have just completed rebushing the main springs and now are fitting them. We have also removed all the seats from the A-car and the frames are getting sandblasted and repainted and new lino is being laid in the car. So we are well on the way to refurbishing the A-car ready for our summer trips. 

We have planned our first excursion in October and will be planning more so we look forward to seeing your aboard our Wa165 in the Gisborne spring/summer sun!

See our booking page or tour calendar for our next special Wa165 Steam trip.

Also feel free to browse through our website for information on Wa165’s History; Restoration; Proposed Projects; Unique merchandise and extensive photo gallery.

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