Rimutaka Incline Railway

Building a Sanctuary for Steam

Links

Railway reconstruction web sites

The Welsh Highland Railway Project

Track laid at underbridge UB114 looking towards Rhyd Ddu, Wales, 10 April 2002. Link provided to larger image on this site.

Freshly reinstated railway in the Welsh Highlands, 10 April 2002. Photo: Jan Woods, WHLR Ltd (with permission). Part of Phase 3, Glanrafon to underbridge 114.

One cannot fail to be impressed by the remarkable reconstruction of the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, North Wales, United Kingdom. The railway is being built by the Ffestiniog Railway, with the first seven miles from Caernarfon to Waunfawr in operation, and much of the rest of the route under construction.

Regularly updated pages include detailed photographs before, during and after reconstruction.

U.K. Heritage Railways

Guide to the heritage railway scene in the U.K., including maps and descriptions of the railway operations. Links to most of these railways can be found on this site.

Mid-Hants Railway (Watercress Line)

Located in Hampshire in the south of England, the Mid-Hants Railway operates between the towns of Alton and Alresford, run by a strong force of dedicated volunteers.

Llangollen Railway

Starting from small beginnings in the mid-1970's, the Llangollen Railway in North Wales has gradually reinstated a 7½ mile (12km) steam railway, with plans to expand again in the near future.

Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in North Devon, was one of the world’s most famous and picturesque 2-foot gauge railways, operating from 1898 until closure in 1935. The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Association and associated trust and operating company are making great progress in their objective to rebuild as much of the former railway as practicable.

 

Locomotive restoration websites

www.baldwin-steam.org.nz

Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia U.S.A. supplied a total of 107 steam locomotives to New Zealand Railways, (including those supplied to the W.M.R.Co. The Baldwin Steam site principally covers the salvage and ongoing restoration of 1898 Baldwin 2-6-2T tank engines Wb 292 and 299. Remains of 1901 Baldwin 2-6-4T tank engine Wd 356 have also been salvaged for eventual restoration.

Wb and Wd class tank engines regularly worked between Wellington and Summit from the turn of the 19th century to World War I. Returning these locomotives to steam along their former stamping ground between Upper Hutt and Summit will be a huge achievement.

Railway organisations

Federation of Railway Organisations of New Zealand

Federation of Railway Organisations of New Zealand (also known by its acronym FRONZ) provides co-ordination and leadership to the heritage and tourist rail industry in New Zealand.

The Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust was accepted as a member organisation of FRONZ in October 2003 and attended the recent KiwiTrax Conference held in Auckland over Queen's Birthday weekend, June 2004.

New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society

The New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society Incorporated, having objective to preserve the history of New Zealand's rail system.

Steam Incorporated

Steam Incorporated is an Incorporated Society dedicated to the restoration to full working order of ex-New Zealand Government Railways locomotives and rolling stock for operation on the national rail network. The Society is based at Paekakariki, Wellington.

Weka Pass Railway

The Weka Pass Railway is a historic rural railway using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives on 12.8 km of scenic line through the unique limestone beauty of the Weka Pass out of Waipara, North Canterbury. The Weka Pass Railway is a totally voluntary organisation, operating charter trains along with regular operating days throughout the year.

Upper Hutt and South Wairarapa Districts

Featherston County

A companion site to the Featherston County Visitors Guide Book, produced by the Featherston Promotional Group.

Heritage web sites

Rimutaka Railway Registration

New Zealand Historic Places Trust Media Release of 4 July 2002, detailing the registration of the railway formation between Kaitoke and Cross Creek, plus the site of the former railway settlement at Cross Creek.

Corporate communications

Rimutaka Incline alive with history, 1 July 2002

Wellington Regional Council Landcare Committee chairman Chris Laidlaw commenting on the registration of the Rimutaka Incline Railway formation by the Historic Places Trust, recognising its national significance.

Railfan Sites

Cruickshanks Tunnel

Photographs of Cruickshanks tunnel, former #1 on the Wellington to Woodville Railway, including detailed map and access instructions.

The Märklin Model Railway Club (Inc)

The Märklin Model railway club is based in Wellington, New Zealand. The club promotes the use of the Märklin model railway system, having a number of club layouts, which are regularly on display at expos and fairs throughout the country.