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.

June 2015

At last some good news!! Recently a letter was received from KiwiRail in which they stated their intention to grant us (GCVR) a "Right to Occupy' the line between Gisborne and Muriwai. It will be a little while yet before the agreement is ready to sign, but it should happen in the up and coming months.

Another bit of good news is that one of our funding applications has been successful which means that funds to start track repairs will soon start to flow. There are other applications in the pipeline and I am confident that these will be treated favourably. So, the next step is to get the contractors on site and the track and bridge repairs under way. We have a Wa165 excursion booking for the 17th September 2015, which might be a tough target, but we will see what we can do. The main thing is that we should now be up and running in time for the first cruise liner visit in mid November 2015.

Geoff Joyce
Gisborne CIty Vintage Railway Inc.

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