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Glenbrook Vintage Railway.

The Glenbrook Vintage Railway Address is: Glenbrook Station Rd, Glenbook. Tel: (+64) 9 236 3546 (operating days only)

Operating Schedule: The regular operating season starts on New Zealand Labour Weekend (late October) and continues until Queen's Birthday (early June). During this season trains operate Sundays and most public holiday weekends. Trains run on the hour from 11.00a.m. to 4.00p.m.

Tickets:
Adult $12
Child $6 (5 to 15 years)
Child under 4 years - free
Family ticket $30 (2 adults plus up to 6 school age children)
Group discounts available for parties with 15 or more fare-paying passengers (apply on the day).

History

The GVR is based on part of the old NZR Waiuku branch line which opened in 1922 and closed in 1967. Construction of the GVR began in 1970 and in 1977 the railway opened between Glenbrook and Pukeoware. In 1986 an extension was completed to Fernleigh the current terminus, 6km from Glenbrook.

The Railway is not a museum as such, but rather a fully self-supporting, operating steam railway, built almost entirely by volunteer labour. It is an ongoing project, with items being collected and restored or replicated as time, labour and finance permit.

The GVR is run by a Trust Board, comprising three trustees elected and appointed from the Railway Enthusiasts Society membership. The Board appoints a General Manager who is responsible for the day to day operation of the GVR. The 6 km long railway carries up to 30,000 passengers during the normal operating season which is from October to June each year and is also available for charter throughout the year.

The Railway is staffed and maintained by volunteers and RES membership provides automatic access to all activities as a volunteer. Special Events are often held, such as "Friends of Thomas" (the tank engine) weekends and Country and Western days.

Operational Steam Locomotives

Ww480 (GVR No.1)
Ja1250 "Diana" (Ex NZR) bequeathed to the GVR by the late Phil Goldman.
Ww 644 (GVR No. 2)
Rolling Stock

Passenger
A variety of ex NZR carriages are currently in service, under restoration, or stored. These range from a 6 wheeled car of 1879 to more "modern" carriages from the early 1900's, all wooden paneled.

Goods

A collection of historic goods vehicles and other railway mounted equipment has found a home on the GVR, with some being used for Ways & Works purposes. The goods vehicles are used on occasions to provide photographic freight trains during Railfan's days on the railway.

Glenbrook Station

A small railway settlement is slowly taking shape at Glenbrook, the centrepiece being the station consisting of two ex NZR "A" type station buildings, one from Glenbrook and the other from Patumahoe.

The Future

It is intended that the railway line will eventually return to Waiuku, 2 km beyond Fernleigh and work is underway to achieve that goal. The planned terminus is on the Tamakae reserve on the shores of the Manukau Harbour.

This area has been designated the Waiuku Heritage Area and also includes the Waiuku Museum, Hartmann House and the Kentish Hotel built in 1851.

Progress to date

Track has been laid, ballasted & tamped to Black Bridge on the old formation of the Waiuku branch. Resource consents have been obtained for the extension through to the Tamakae Reserve. The next step is stage two, the embankment around to the estuary which will require a bridge to be built (stage 3) before the main road into Waiuku. Approval for the culvert under the embankment has just been obtained from the Auckland Regional Council & funding on hand will allow some earthworks to commence to the culvert. Now that the culvert plans have been approved applications will be prepared shortly to endeavour to obtain further grant funding for the project to purchase the culvert pipes & undertake the earthworks for the embankment.

The full list of locomotives, carriages and other equipment follows at the end of the photos.

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GLENBROOK VINTAGE RAILWAY – ROLLING STOCK REGISTER

Date: February 2008

LOCOMOTIVES & RAILCARS

GVR Number Former Identification Year Built and Builder Description Status

No. 1 Ww 480 1910 – NZR Hillside 4-6-4T Steam tank locomotive Operational

No. 2 Ww 644 1915 – NZR Hillside 4-6-4T Steam tank locomotive Operational

No. 3 MOW 194 1954 – Ruston Hornsby 0-4-0 Diesel mechanical loco Operational

No. 4 TTT 7 1912 - ALCO 2-4-4-2 Steam tender loco Stored

No. 5 Dsa 230 1954 – Drewry /Vulcan 0-6-0 Diesel mechanical loco Scrapped 1993

No. 6 ‘Ada’ F 233 1885 – Robert Stephenson 0-6-0T Steam tank loco Stored

No. 7 Ds 207 TMS DS 94 1949 – Drewry /Vulcan 0-6-0 Diesel mechanical loco Under Overhaul

No. 8 De 507 TMS DE 1372 1951 – English Electric Bo-Bo Diesel electric loco Operational

No. 9 De 509 TMS DE 1395 1951 – English Electric Bo-Bo Diesel electric loco Stored

No. 10 Dsa 243 TMS DSA 455 1958 – W. G. Bagnall Ltd 0-6-0 Diesel mechanical loco

Operational

‘Diana’ Ja 1250 1949 – NZR Hillside 4-8-2 Steam tender loco Operational – bequeathed to the GVR by the late Philip Goldman

Ab 832 1925 – North British 4-6-2 Steam tender loco Stored – leased from MOTAT Tr 30

TMS TR 160 1939 – Drewry 0-4-0 Diesel mechanical loco Children’s playground – no engine

Da 1410 TMS DA 126 1955 - General Motors, Canada

A1A –A1A – Diesel electric loco Stored - Steam Incorporated - Wellington

Da 1431 TMS DA 345 1957 – General Motors/ Clyde Engineering, NSW

A1A –A1A – Diesel electric loco Operational - Steam Incorporated - Wellington

J 1234 1939 – North British 4-8-2 Steam tender loco Stored - Steam Incorporated - Wellington

Rm 32 - Pangatoru 1938 – NZR Hutt Shops Standard Railcar NZRLS – Waikato – under overhaul

CARRIAGES

GVR ID Former Identification Year Built Description Status

C 472 1879 Six wheel wooden carriage Operational

Manakura A 543 1896 44 ½ ft wooden clerestory roof kitchen/dinner Stored

Tainui Af 804 1903 47 ½ ft wooden carvan Operational

Aa 1134 1909 50 ft wooden carriage Operational – main line use

Mataatua A 1161 1910 50 ft wooden carriage Operational Aotea A 1162 1910 50 ft wooden carriage Operational Kurahaupo Af 1182 1911 60 ft wooden car-van Under overhaul – new dining carriage

Te Arawa A 1222 1912 50 ft wooden carriage Operational

Aa 1233 1912 50 ft wooden carriage Operational – main line use

Aa 1258 1912 50 ft wooden carriage Operational – main line use

A 1352 1913 50 ft wooden carriage Stored

A 1355 1913 50 ft wooden carriage Stored

A 1452 1916 47 ½ ft wooden carriage (wide bodied) Stored

Aa 1494 1924 50 ft wooden carriage Operational – main line use

Aa 1616 1925 56 ft steel panelled carriage Underframe & bogies only

Aa 1621 1927 56 ft steel panelled carriage Underframe & bogies only

Aa 1622 1927 56 ft steel panelled carriage Underframe & bogies only

A 1693 1930 50 ft steel panelled carriage Stored

A1926 – TMS AL 56112 1939 56 ft steel panelled carriage Operational

A1991 – TMS – AL 56037 1940 56 ft steel panelled carriage Operational

TMS – A 56496 56 ft steel panelled carriage Stored Nga Hau Ub 1554 1917 Open carriage – withdrawn Scrapped

Nga Tira F 141 1908 47 ½ ft wooden guards van Operational – converted to open carriage

Waka Whenua Vb 624 1954 Ex steam crane support wagon Ub 624 Operational – open carriage

Fm 1133 1981 Steel guards van Operational – main line use – catering vehicle-

OTHER RAIL VEHICLES

Former Identification Year Built Description Status

864 - Tamper 1975 Plasser 06 tamper Operational

4781 – Liner 1966 AL 250 Norberg track liner Stored Tanekaha

– 224 1936 10 ton lift steam crane Operational

276 1879 6 wheel 5 ton hand crane Stored

WAGONS

Former Identification Year Built Description Status

Bxb 8251 1967/(1946) 20’ 4 wheel flat wagon ex Jc 4733 stock wagon – former W&W compressor wagon Scraped - March 2004

E 3909 – TMS E 3058 1968 15’ 4 wheel tank wagon Operational

E 2101 – TMS E4736 1974/(1936) 15’ 4 wheel sand wagon – ex Xb 2101 underframe Operational – Rail Heritage

EAR 73 (TMS) 1969/(1935) 25’ bogie wagon wheel carrier ex Ug 99 horse box underframe Operational – Rail Heritage

EP 278 (TMS) 30’ Bogie ballast plough van Operational - Rail Heritage

F 394 – TMS F 285 1913 50 ft wooden guards van Stored

F 506 – TMS F 1022 1929 50 ft guards van – W & W van Operational

F 376 1910 Guards van – off bogies at Glenbrook Storage shed

F 116 50 ft guards van – off bogies at Pukeoware Two unit cabins “Shady Rest”

H 1569 – TMS HC 1208 15’ 4 wheel cattle wagon Under overhaul

Exc 2839 GVR – No. ND 2839 1955 Xc 2839 box wagon underframe converted to a 20’ 4 wheel well wagon ex Otahuhu workshops Operational - no air brakes

Kp 2428 1966 20’ 4 wheel steel box wagon Operational – NZRLS - Waikato

Kp 2764 – TMS KP 19802 1967 20’ 4 wheel steel box wagon Operational

Kp 2535 - TMS KP 17401 1966 20’ 4 wheel steel box wagon Operational

Ks 4427 – TMS KS 10969 24’ 6”4 wheel steel box wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Ks 4876 – TMS KS 15774 4 wheel box wagon – no running gear Oil store

KST 4805 (TMS) 24’ 6” 4 wheel box wagon – tarpaulin sides Operational – Rail Heritage

La 21582 – TMS – LA 41707 1946 15’ 4 wheel high side wagon Stored

Lc 40493 – TMS LC 70539 1967 20’ 4 wheel high side wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Lc 44493 1967 20’ 4 wheel high side wagon Operational

Lc 43504 – TMS LC 59807 1966 20’ 4 wheel high side wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Mc 2117 1945 4 wheel low side wagon Children’s playground

N 225 1878 4 wheel hand crane runner wagon Stored

Na 1675 – TMS NAK 6296 1977 22’ 4 wheel flat wagon ex Na 1675 Operational

Rb 592 – EA 6093 1960 37’ 6” bogie high side wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Ub 605 1903 36’ bogie flat top Operational

Ub 1372 – TMS UB 3634 1962 Steam crane jib wagon – 36’ bogie flat deck Operational

Ub 4777 – TMS UC 686 37’ 6” Bogie tank wagon – mainline water support vehicle – tank ex Uc 686 & underframe Ub 4777. Operational – main line use

Uc 867 – TMS UC 663 1929 30’ bogie tank wagon Scrapped – December 2003

Uc 868 – TMS UC 686 1929 30’ bogie tank wagon – under frame only Scrapped - August 2002

Ud 1501- TMS EWW 20 1945 51’ 3 axle bogie wheel wagon Operational – stored for Tranz rail

Urc 13 – TMS URC 194 1965 38” 6” bogie cement wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Ul 1699 – TMS UL 273 1952 40’ bogie flat top Operational

Ur 2161 – TMS UR 3746 1965 43’ bogie flat deck wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Us 3099 – TMS US 124 43’ bogie flat deck wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

V 427 – TMS V 22 1934 30 ft bogie insulated wagon Stored Vs 807 1958 Bogie insulated wagon Scrapped - 2005

Vr 77 – TMS VR 832 1964 Bogie insulated wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

W 1229 – TMS W 1476 1961 15’ 4 wheel wooden insulated wagon Operational

Yb 62 1890 15’ 4 wheel ballast wagon Operational

Yb 197 1903 15’ 4 wheel ballast wagon Operational

Yb 590 – TMS YB 1368 1934 15’ 4 wheel ballast wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Yb 591 – TMS YB 1374 1934 15’ 4 wheel ballast wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Yc 871 – TMS YC 2053 1961 20’ 4 wheel ballast wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Yh 950 – TMS YH 16 1978 20’ 4 wheel ballast wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Z 279 – TMS Z 161 1941 50 ft 6 door bogie wooden box Operational wagon

Z 491 – TMS Z 2342 1955 50 ft 6 door bogie wooden box wagon Operational

Za 1315 – TMS ZA 173 1976 45’ 6” bogie steel box wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

Zp 1063 – TMS ZP 14525 1968 44’ 6” bogie steel box wagon Operational – Rail Heritage

NZ Steel well wagon Bogie well wagon ex NZ Steel crane runner wagon Scrapped – August 2002

Updated : 5th. March 2008