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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New book release

New Zealand Railway Motive Power.
A valuable source of information for all followers of rail in New Zealand. The most comprehensive motive power book yet produced.An up to date source of information for all followers of New Zealand rail.
The most comprehensive motive power book yet produced. 84 pages colour photographs, tables, specifications, colour schemes, locations, and preserved equipment data. Up to date December 2017, Covers diesel-electric and electric mainline locomotives, electric multiple units, diesel shunting locomotives, railcars, track maintenance equipment, andindustriallocomotives. All details up to 31 December 2017 included.


Published by the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society now available.

Prices for the book are,


New Zealand $37.00

Australia $48.00

Rest of World $63.00

Non Members

New Zealand $49.00

Australia $60.00

Rest of World $75.00

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N Z Railway and Locomotive Society, 1A North Street, Petone, 5012 New Zealand.

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Latest Book Release

Railway Houses of New Zealand
Bruce Shalders
The previously untold story of New Zealand’s iconic railway houses, of which more than 3,700 are dotted around the New Zealand Landscape.

As New Zealand Railways pushed the rail network about New Zealand, opening up new country for development. a challenge presented itself to house railwaymen in country areas where infrastructure didn’t exist or was newly formed.
Railways only alternative was to construct houses for their employees. Initially part of the Public Works Department responsibilities, eventually an Architectural Branch within New Zealand Railways was formed under George Troup.
This development lead to new designs of railway houses, a design that was to become symbolic in the New Zealand landscape. To manufacture these houses, Railways set up a sawmill and special factory in Frankton, kit-setting houses, delivering them by rail as parts packs and ultimately erecting them about the country. As well as far-flung reaches of the railway system, Railways ended up developing “model” railway settlements at places as diverse as Otahuhu, Newmarket, Frankton, TeKuiti, Taumarunui, Ohakune, Taihape, Palmerston North, Napier, Eastown, Kaiwharawhara, Christchurch, Arthur’s Pass, Otira, Dunedin and other places around the country.
These houses were supplemented in later years by newer designs. This book covers the housing scheme. sawmill and house factory, the railway settlements, the maintenance programme, the house numbering system, and as a railwayman, what it was like living in a railway house. The book closes with Government‘s exit from railway house ownership in the 1990s and a chapter on the railway house survivors that have been lovingly restored by current owners. Complementing the text is a lavish selection of black and white and colour images from the era and current day. Railway houses and the nearby railway environment where they were located are extensively featured


Fullscap landscape format, 72 black and white photographs, 84 colour photographs, 16 blueprints and settlement diagrams, 142 pages, hard bound.


Now Available

NZ $49.00 AU $60.00 NA $79.00 EU $79.00 RoW $79.000
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