Welcome to The Canterbury Railway Society Inc.

Based at Ferrymead Heritage Park, the Canterbury Railway Society restores and operates New Zealand's finest collection of steam, diesel and electric locomotives, rolling stock, signalling equipment and buildings.

Next running days will be:
  Steam will be F 13 Peveril - New Zealand's oldest working Steam Loco built in 1872, returned to service 2015.

Dec 2018

Sat 1 Railcar or Unit, Ferrymead Evening Market 1600-1900 ($2 adult/$1 Child unlimited rides)

Sat 8 Polar express Event - see Ferrymead Park for details - DI

Sun 9 Non-Steam Sunday featuring the DTG's DI
Further dates will be added from time to time.

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Ferrymead 50 - The story of a Railway by Keith G Brown

The cover of Ferrymead 50 showing a Vulcan Railcar in service.

To purchase please contact sales@nzrailmuseum.com.

Comprehensively illustrated in colour and black and white the book details the birth, growth and maturity of the Ferrymead railway from an idea to the current fully established layout. There is a full listing of locomotives and rolling stock, past and present and the story of how the line they run on, the signals that control them and the people involved came together to build today's museum. 40 pages, A4.

The Ferrymead Railway and the Canterbury Railway Society trace their heritage back to the 1940s when the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society was formed. Located in Christchurch, the Society is a non-profit organisation that carries out a range of activities, including the operation of the Ferrymead Railway, the preservation of locomotives and rolling stock, the sale of publications and souvenirs, and the publication of a monthly newsletter for members. The CRS also participates in other local and national rail preservation activities throughout New Zealand.

Among this site you'll find information about our running schedule, our locomotives and equipment, how you can join the CRS and how to get to Ferrymead Heritage Park. The Ferrymead Railway is a living museum and in our photo gallery you'll be able to see many pictures of our locomotives, the rolling stock, our heritage train and photos from around our complex including the station houses, signal box, yard, workshops and sheds. This will give you an idea of what you'll see when you come visit us.
In the 50 odd years that the Canterbury Railway Society has been around we have won many awards for our restoration and preservation work and we are very proud of these.You can see details of these on our Awards page.

Ferrymead Railway and the Canterbury Railway would like to thank the many companies, organisations and individuals who have helped us through sponsorships, donations and funding grants.

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