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The Mangaweka Express


Sat 24 Mar 2018, 10:15am–6:00pm

Where: Palmerston North Railway Station, Matthew Ave, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Return ex Palm Nth or Feilding: $109.00
  • Child Return ex Palm Nth or Feilding: $59.00
  • 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 a pre-Easter escape by enjoying a full day of nostalgic rail travel and time to explore Taihape.

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

The train will be hauled by coal-fired steam locomotive. Either Ja1271. We will be using our classic heritage carriages.

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 and at Marton northbound, 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.

Most of our seats are double seats that can be “flipped” over to face the direction of travel. We have one carriage that is fitted with tables that seat 4 each. If you have a group of 4 (or multiples of) we will assign you to this carriage. Subject to availability.

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. 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 approx. only 20 minutes to the top.

Early booking advised. You can book online via our website or Facebook page, by mail using the attached form or phone - 0800 783 264.

Tickets or seating info (for online bookings) will be issued in early March.
Fares and times displayed are from Palmerston North.

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