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The Rangitikei Limited


Sat 7 Apr 2012, 7:45am–8:00pm

Where: Paekakariki Station Museum, Tilley Rd, Paekakariki, Kapiti Coast

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $125.00
  • Child: $85.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: enquiries13

Travel with Steam Incorporated North from Kapiti via Palmerston North up the NIMT to the Gumboot Capital of Taihape in the heart of Rangitikei. Have an Easter escape by enjoying a full day of nostalgic rail travel.

The journey includes crossing many impressive viaducts including the South Rangitikei (300 metre long & 80 metres high) and the Makohine viaducts.

The train will be hauled by our coal fired steam locomotive Ja1271. We will be using our classic steel heritage carriages. Included in the train will be a guards van with open viewing platforms.

The train has a buffet counter selling sandwiches, sausages, hamburgers, drinks and snacks plus a small souvenir shop.

During the journey we plan to make two stops to enable you to photograph the train in action. There will also be time for a leg stretch at Palmerston North in both directions while the locomotive is serviced. At Taihape there will be the option of watching the locomotive being turned on the turntable in preparation for the return journey.

At Taihape the town centre is just a short walk from the railway station. There are several cafes plus a selection of fast food outlets. Two gift shops, Picadilly and Wild Roses will be open. There is an information centre based in the town hall and the nearby local museum will be open.

If you want to stretch your legs there is a couple of short walks available. One is Mt Stewart reserve which has a viewing platform at the top giving lovely views. This walk takes only approx 20 minutes to the top.

There should also be the opportunity to check out your gumboot throwing skills. This event will take place adjacent to the railway station.

Train fare ex Kapiti Stations: adult $125, child $85. Ex Levin: adult $105, child $75 or from Palmerston North/Feilding/Marton: adult $95, child $65.