Welcome to the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society

The Society was formed in 1944 by enthusiasts interested in the then New Zealand Railways. Membership is open to all with an interest in the New Zealand Railway system both old and new. Members can join a magazine and photo distribution group. Member groups meet in most citys where talks, films and other activities can be enjoyed. We are active in restoring locomotives and rolling stock which we own.

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Desk Calendar

Railway Calendar for 2017

The 2017 desk calendar is ready for sale. This view of the cover photo shows our locomotive Ab 608 double heading an excursion and leaving the station in a cloud of steam and smoke. As usual the 2017 calendar will be 13 railway pictures with a 21cm x 12cm image on each page. It will  be in the large desk fold over format.

Members prices are $12.50 each including post within New Zealand
or $16.50 including postage to overseas.
New Zealand members ordering 3 or more calendars the price is $11.50 each.

Available now to non-members, order here,
Prices are $17.00 each postage included within New Zealand
or $20.00 each including postage to overseas addresses.

Desk Calendar Order Form


  • 13 full colour photos of modern and not so modern New Zealand railway scenes.
  • One Photograph each month plus cover photos.
  • Clear easy to read numbers on the calendar.
  • Printed in high quality gloss art paper with a stiff card backing.
  • Wire bound at top for easy turning of the pages.
  • Location map for each photograph on outside back cover.
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Latest Book Release

Ian Dougherty

Standing tall in south Dunedin, Hillside Railway Workshops was a significant employer and generator of tradespeople for 138 years.
Known for its prodigious manufacture of wagons, carriages and locomotives, this book details these Hillside fine products, some of which are still running on the current railway network or are now highly cherished by various railway preservation groups throughout New Zealand.

A4 portrait format, 160 black and white and 80 colour illustrations, 2 track plans, 240 pages, card covers. Posted free to your door.

Now Available

NZ $65.00   AU $74.00   NA $94.00   EU $94.00   RoW $96.00
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