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.

Changed Archive Open Hours – August 2019

The Society’s archives, which are housed in the Thomas McGavin Building, located at 1a North Street Petone (adjacent to the Ava Station) will now be only open on Wednesday from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm and Saturday from 9.00 am to 2.30 pm. Members (and others) wishing to visit on other days should ring the archive telephone number 04 568 4938 to see if a key holder is there, if not leave a message on the answerphone or send an email to ‘locoarchives@actric.co.nz‘. Other contacts are Bill Prebble (tel no. 027 442 5632) or Graeme McClare (tel no. 04 528 2745).

2020 Calendar Now Available

Our new 2020 desk calendar is available to order now. View details here.

Notice of 2019 AGM

The New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society Annual General meeting will be held on Saturday the 19th of October.
The venue is the Johnsonville Community Centre, 3 Frankmoore Avenue, Johnsonville.
The meeting will start at 2 pm and on its conclusion afternoon tea will be served.

Latest News

New Book Release

Riding With Ces Gledhill

Starting as a cleaner at Auckland in 1925, Ces worked his way around New Zealand seeking better wages and promotion, working his way up through the ranks.

From cleaner, to fireman and eventually first-class engine drive (more…)

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A&G Price Drawings

In mid-2018 the New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society Inc took on custodianship of the majority of the surviving engineering drawings from A&G Price and William Cable.

The Price drawings date back to the mid-1890s while the Cable drawings date from after WWII.

A small team has started listing and scanning those drawings that are most relevant to our interests. Scans of drawings from the first two of the 18 cabinets can now be purchased on USB thumbdrive from the Society. Full details of charges and a list of all drawings in the first two cabinets can be found in the downloadable PDF files.

These drawings are fragile and many are in poor condition. They are not stored at the Society’s archive premises at Ava. Therefore it is generally not possible for researchers to access the originals.

Copy of the PDF file Cabinet-8

Copy of the PDF file Cabinet-17

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