Gisborne City Vintage Railway

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) and the spectacular beach cliff views from 500ft above sea level at Beach Loop.

April 2014 IMPORTANT NOTE: KiwiRail has closed the line between Gisborne and Muriwai due to line and bridge repairs that are required. Sadly NO EXCURSIONS will run until further notice.

2013 Please Note - Due to damage of the railway line the Beach Loop trip is currently unavailable. Negotiations are continuing with KiwiRail to repair and use the railway line to Beach Loop for Wa165 into the future.

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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