Since the 1970’s Steam Incorporated has saved a large collection of locomotives and passenger carriages. Many are currently certified for main line running, some are undergoing restoration while the remainder wait their turn for restoration.
Read about our main line fleet of locomotives and engine restoration projects.
Read about our fleet of diesel engines and their restoration projects.
Read more about the history of our carriages and their technical details.
Read more about the history of our wagons and rolling stock.
Locomotive and Rolling Stock Index
The steam locomotive collection spans half a century of New Zealand steam locomotive development. Along with six ex NZR steam locomotives also based at Paekakariki is an ex Rhodesian Railways Garratt locomotive.
Ab608 “Passchendaele” 4-6-2 coal fired steam locomotive. Built at the Christchurch Addington Railway workshops in 1915. Prototype Ab class locomotive. On long term lease from NZ Railway and Locomotive Society. Restoration completed in 2014.
J1234 4-8-2 coal fired steam locomotive. Built by North British Locomotive Company, Scotland in 1939. Stored, awaiting second restoration after a long term lease to the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.
Ja1271 4-8-2 coal fired steam locomotive. Built at the Dunedin Hillside Railway Workshops in 1956. One of last steam locomotives built for NZR. Main line operational.
K917 4-8-4 oil fired steam locomotive. Built at the Hutt Railway Workshops in 1935. Tender from K928. Stored incomplete.
Ka945 4-8-4 oil fired steam locomotive. Built at the Hutt Railway Workshops in 1939. Second restoration in progress.
Wf386 2-6-4T coal fired steam locomotive. Built at the Christchurch Addington Railway Workshops in 1905. Components stored awaiting rebuild.
Garratt 398 4-6-4+4-6-4 coal fired steam locomotive. Built by Beyer Peacock, Manchester, England in 1950 for Rhodesian Railways. NRZ class 15th and named “Isidumuka”. Imported into New Zealand in 2011. Stored.
The diesel collection includes three versions of the “Da” class that were the main diesel motive power in the North Island at the end of the steam era. Three smaller shunting locomotives are used for duties around the depot and yard.
Da1410 A1A-A1A diesel electric locomotive. Phase I Da. EMD G-12 model. 1425hp. Built by General Motors, Ontario, Canada in 1955. Undergoing second restoration after a long term lease to the Glenbrook Vintage Railway.
Da1431 A1A-A1A diesel electric locomotive. Phase II Da. EMD G-12 model. 1425hp. Built by Clyde Engineering, NSW, Australia in 1957. Main line operational.
Da1471 A1A-A1A diesel electric locomotive. Phase III Da. EMD G-12 model. 1425hp. Built by General Motors, Ontario, Canada in 1963. Currently undergoing extensive rebuild.
The carriage fleet all have some historical or structural significance and fall into two broad groups. Those built during the early years of the 1900's, which are the wooden panelled cars with the balcony ends, and those built during the late 1920's and early 1930's which are the more "modern" steel panelled cars without the balconies but with enclosed vestibule ends.
When originally restored, all of Steam Inc's carriages were painted in a Chocolate brown livery with yellow lining in order to differentiate them from the standard NZR red vehicles. It was found that the brown tended to fade to a somewhat shabby looking sand colour and required constant re-painting to keep them good looking. By the early 1990's NZR, and later Tranz Rail, had changed the colour schemes of their vehicles and the Society decided that it was time to re-paint the cars in as near to the original "Midland Lake" red as could be obtained with standard modern paints. In more recent years they have been repainted to represent the later Carnation Red and Post Office red liveries.
The society can thus reproduce (complete with an appropriate steam or diesel locomotive) a typical main line train that ran on the New Zealand railway system during the 1920 to 1970 period.
The society has a number of other vehicles, such as guards and luggage vans, the oil tank wagons that are used as storage/support vehicles for Ka945, several petroleum tank wagons that are being converted to auxiliary water tenders for the steam locomotives, a large steam crane and a variety of 4-wheel and bogie freight vehicles. These vehicles are either undergoing or awaiting restoration or are used solely within the Steam Incorporated yard. The Society has also, in more recent years, become the custodian of several freight wagons and track repair vehicles that are part of the national Rail Heritage collection.
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