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The Plains Vintage Railway & Historical Museum

Open Now: 00:00 - 23:59
Open today: 00:00 - 23:59
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A trip back in time

This is a great place for a stroll through time. Entry is by donation and they had a great variety... read more

Reviewed 4 February 2018
Christchurch, New Zealand
LOVED the ride on the steam train!

What a great place to visit! All of the engines working, shiny brass and soft chugging engines! I... read more

Reviewed 20 January 2018
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The Plains Railway & Historical Museum was founded by the Ashburton Railway & Preservation Society in 1971 to preserve the Mid-Canterbury regions past. A 2.5 kilometre vintage railway features amongst a recreated village, complete with replica and...more
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12 Maronan Road | Tinwald, Ashburton 7700, New Zealand
+64 3-308 9600
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

This is a great place for a stroll through time. Entry is by donation and they had a great variety of machinery running when we visited on Sunday 4th Feb. Friendly people explaining the machinery too. Dog friendly.

Thank GeoffClark22
Reviewed 20 January 2018

What a great place to visit! All of the engines working, shiny brass and soft chugging engines! I loved the beautiful, little church, very quaint and photogenic.

Thank biscuitnz
Reviewed 18 January 2018

Lots to see and do. Excellent opportunities for photography. Friendly staff who do a great job, and are happy to answer any questions.

Thank ChristinaL3721
Reviewed 23 August 2016

simple but charming, lovely old trains that are still steamed up and maintained by enthusiast, check before you go for a steam up day

Thank Frank L
Reviewed 21 February 2016

The Plains Vintage Railway had a live day so we decided to go along to have a look.A small donation got us in Excellent displays, including fire appliances,farm tractors and machinery, period shops and buildings and a huge collection of woodworking/turning equipment. Not forgetting the...More

2  Thank Sally B
Reviewed 27 December 2015 via mobile

So worth a visit if you love trains! Make sure you go on a day when the trains are running though, check the website. It is all volunteer run so donations are welcomed, but it is it really reasonably priced at $8 per adult (for...More

1  Thank Natasha H
Reviewed 20 August 2015

It is well worth visiting when open days are held to see and travel on the old steam trains and view all the old buildings. As this is run by volunteers it is amazing. Children especially like the old trains.

Thank Jo P
Reviewed 8 July 2015

Excellent set up, all sorts of attractions. try to plan your visit to coincide with a day when they have the steam up. Run by enthusiasts.

Thank FrankandTonia
Reviewed 19 May 2015

Need to time your visit for a day when the trains are running - check website. Brought back a lot of memories. Children would love the train ride. Good collection of vintage fire engines and a interesting wood working museum. Old farm equipment, traction engines...More

Thank Janlynnz
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