Steam Trains

Travel back in time along MOTAT's very own railway and see, hear and smell the history of New Zealand trains.
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Every LIVE Day (3rd Sunday of the month)


Take a short journey in one of our vintage carriages, pulled by our selection of fully restored steam locomotives.

MOTAT has three operational large steam locomotives; F-180 “Meg Merrillies”, L507 and Y542, along with a wide selection of other trains and rail vehicles.

Learn about these incredible powerhouses of early rail from our friendly volunteers and team members and take part in an unforgettable experience for the family.

Steam Locomotive L507 on active duty.

Steam Locomotive L507 on active duty.