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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. Member groups meet in most cities where talks, films, and other activities can be enjoyed. Read more–>

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NZRLS AGM held 31 October 2020

President Graeme Carter speaking to his report at the commencement of the AGM. Alongside Graeme is Colin Barry, NZRLS Secretary.

Len Chisholm demonstrating the Trainfinda to one of our members. Trainfinda is a database being developed by Len to record descriptions of photographs that have been scanned for posterity and housed at NZRLS as part of the archives.

Members can log into the members section to view the Performance Report for NZRLS for the year ended 30 June 2020 which was presented at the AGM.

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Update from North End Workshop


Last week North End Workshop took delivery of two buffers donated by our member Ian Jenner.

These have been sent to go on WMR Carriage 52 when its restoration has progressed enough to be able to fit them. The original drawgear was scrapped many years ago by a former owner when carriage 52 was grounded, in the expectation that it would never run again. These buffers are our latest acquisition to replace the parts taken off carriage 52 many years ago. We now have bogies and wheels, air brake cylinder and triple valve, and these buffers, all donated by members and friends.

We are grateful to everyone who has contributed so far to the future restoration of this very sad old carriage. We plan to move on to working on 52 as our volunteers come towards the end of what we are able to do ourselves on WMR 48.

Don’t forgot you can make a monetary contribution towards the restorations of the carriages by using the donation tab under the restoration tab on this website. All donations will be receipted for tax purposes.

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