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.

Latest News

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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New Book Release



Reprint Now Available

The magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck the Kaikoura region on 14 November 2016 caused the most devastation to the rail and highway network known in New Zealand in modern times.




The transport corridor along the Kaikoura coast was largely destroyed.
To rebuild this critical lifeline speedily, the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery alliance was set up. Rob Merrifield delivers an in-depth account of the devastation, including personal stories written by those in the thick of the shaking. Also covered is the science behind the earthquake, the clearing of slips, rebuilding railway track, fixing tunnels, repairing, demolishing or rebuilding bridges, assisting the highway rebuild, and re-opening of the line. Included is a brief history of the origins and building of the line. This work is well illustrated w stunning images.


A4 portrait format, 22 black and white and 97 colour illustrations,
4 maps, 134 pages, card covers. Posted free to your door.

Available direct from
NZ Railway & Locomotive Society Inc.
1A North Street, Lower Hutt, 5012
Or our website secure link www.railsoc.co.nz

$46 posted free to your door.
NZRLS Member price $36.00


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