Road access to the site is directly off SH1 just north of the turn-off into Paekakariki township. For the rail traveller it is a short walk from Paekakariki served by the Tranz Metro service between Wellington and Waikanae.
The main working times are Saturdays, Thursdays and Wednesday evenings. At these times working members are busy restoring and maintaining all manner of railway equipment and machinery, and visitors are welcome to look around the site.
Special parties can be accommodated on Saturdays and Thursdays by giving four weeks prior written notice to The Secretary, Steam Incorporated, PO Box 4, Paekakariki, Kapiti 5258. On pre-advertised Sundays, operating days are held when visitors can see our locomotives and rolling stock in action.
Paekakariki has a long association with railways. The Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company built the first engine shed on our site in 1886 to serve the need to change locomotives, larger locomotives being required for the Paekakariki Hill and grades south into Wellington.
After electrification came to the Wellington region in 1940, the changeover from steam to electric traction took place at Paekakariki, continuing the need for a locomotive depot. For many years it was the northern limit of Wellington suburban services and is still a stabling point for suburban electric units.
The main engine shed was demolished after the depot closed in the late 1960s, but some other buildings and facilities remained. Steam Incorporated first took over the site in 1972, leasing it from the then N.Z. Government Railways. Today it is far more than just a shed! Situated between the North Island Main Trunk railway line to the west, and State Highway 1 to the east it comprises a number of sidings, a turntable, a large freight shed used by US Marines during WW2, our amenities block, and the main workshop where we carry out most of our locomotive restoration and maintenance. In all there is over a kilometre of track within the site.
Future plans for The Engine Shed include a footbridge from Paekakariki railway station, a display shed where our vintage carriages and other items of rolling stock can be kept under cover, and extensions to the trackwork.
Last updated 23 September 2012 - STEAM Incorporated