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 cities 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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2015 Desk Calendar

Railway Calendar 2015

– our 2015 Calendar is now on sale. Ab 608 (Passchendaele) newly restored and running again is this years calendar cover photo. The 2015 calendar has a railways theme with a 21cm x 12cm image on each page.

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Features…

  • 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.
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Latest Book Release

Ian Tibbles

Signing on at Greymouth’s Elmer Lane depot in 1962, a young Ian Tibbles very quickly learnt the mysteries of “the dark shed”. Graduating from labourer to cleaner and then fireman, his apprenticeship takes us on a journey about the West Coast in the 1960’s, the golden age of steam. Starting on the wharf and local shunts on WF’s, Ian moved onto the main lines, then populated with A, A13, B, J, W1 and WW class engines. Sharing his firing experiences, Ian recounts throughout the chapters what it was like “getting down the road” on the various lines and classes of engine. The vagaries of narrow grate engines through to the “modern” J class are all discussed. Managing transfer to various depots on the Coast, Ian recounts his time on all the West Coast lines. The Grey Valley, Blackball branch, Ross line, relieving at Reefton, the Tawhai saddle, Reefton to Westport, the Westport to Mokihinui coal railway, Corms Creek branch, Rewanui incline and of course blasting up to Otira on the J class, are all vividly recounted. Complementing the text is a lavish selection of black and white and colour images from the era. Without doubt, this is a book for lovers of NZR steam in the 60s.

A4 portrait format, 163 black and white and 99 colour photographs, 2 maps, track plan, and diagrams, 251 pages, card covers.

Available April 2015
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