Blenheim Riverside Railway
Blenheim 
Marlborough
New Zealand





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Come and Ride with us on the unique
and popular Blenheim Riverside Railway
to
 two of our terminus's. 

Omaka and Central Blenheim

Next running day 

 Labour Weekend  
Sunday
22nd  
October 2017

Trains depart from our station at Brayshaw Park  at the following times:
Brayshaw Park to Omaka Station return  ( Aviation Museum)
1.15pm and 3pm

Brayshaw Park to Central Blenheim  return  ( Beaver Station)  
1.45pm 

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Pictured above and below  is our recently purchased, overhauled and repainted  Price locomotive. Our workshop staff under the leadership of Gary Coburn have stripped down and overhauled many aspects of this loco so it can be used on our mainline fleet. Pictured left is the finished product after a series of trials and testing.  A few more checks need to be undertaken before put into full running.  The loco has not got an official name as of yet and is currently nicknamed by the members as "Beaver 2"  Being the sister engine of our green Price -  "Beaver"  Keep an eye out for us as we continue to run this loco in.

Above = Come and have a ride down the track to our terminal in central Blenheim.  A great way to treat the children or the Grand Children.  Please be aware we now have two Price locos - One green and one orange - Try and ride both trains - Kids will love the change.

Above - Beaver station is our termial in central Blenheim. You will ride along side the Taylor River and see many sights and sounds. 

Above = Our steam locomotive is still going through adjustments before it will be stripped down and painted. Please watch this space for up and coming information about the recommissioning of our unique loco " Donald"

Above amd below photos  =  If time is short and you are interested in aircraft - Take a ride on our Omaka schedule train - Cross the Taylor River on our recently opened branch line and see Sir Peter Jackson's collection of aircraft  and the Omaka Aviation Museum.

Photo above - Two of our four Carriage train locomotives.  Both locomotives are made in New Zealand by Prices in Thames. The blue locomotive has recently been a fully overhauled and repainted   

On our railway, you have two choices for your journey. 



Brayshaw Park to Omaka Station - Omaka Aviation Museum.  (Carriage train or Railcar)


Brayshaw Park to Beaver Station - Central Blenheim. ( Carriage train) 



FARES: 


Please Note:  Cash only.

We do not have eftpos facilities sorry 


Brayshaw Park Station to Omaka Station.


Adults $6 Return   

Child $3 Return     


Brayshaw Park Station to Beaver Station 

(Central Blenheim)


Adults $10 Return   

Child $5 Return        


There are also a range of Family and Combination Trip tickets available.


Discounts are available for larger numbers with charters.

 

Check out our progress on our Steam Locomotive restoration project.  Click on "News and events" tab. 

Above: Work train being hauled by our Ruston Loco - " Murray"

Photo above:  Cross the Taylor River with our Ruston loco " Murray" on the Passenger service between Brayshaw Park and Omaka Station. 

Above:  Our Green Price loco ( NZ Made) crossing the river heading towards Omaka, 

Diesel locomotive hauled Trains available for Charter. Give us a call.
Our Railcar is able to be booked for smaller groups  - subject to crew being available on the day. 


















Diesel locomotive hauled Trains will be running on the following days below.  


Come along for a great ride on the  special railway especially created by locals for everyone.  



Next Running days 

(All Diesel locomotive  hauled trains)



October 


Sunday 22nd October ( Labour Weekend - Running Day)


Sunday 29th October ( Marlborough Anniversary and         Running Day)


November 


Sunday 5th November (Running Day) 


Sunday 19th November ( Public Running Day)



December 


Sunday  3rd December  (Running Day) 


Sunday 17th December  (Running Day) 



Railcar available for charter on these days  or other days - please contact us to see if we can help you in your requirements 


- Please remember - subject to availability of crew to staff railcar.      


Come on board and be part of the 

Heritage Trail of Blenheim.

Charters Available outside these times or any other information - Please contact:


Chris (03)578 3211 or John (03) 578 1716 and please leave a message on the Heritage Education Answerphone.



To see our Railway - Please click on the Link for Youtube and see what we have got to offer you. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2fC8hEcHMw 


 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHzhmgFpnvA


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8AxId-nAsY


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 For current running days, please refer to our running days/Timetable


 Charters Available outside these times or any other information - Please contact:


Chris (03)578 3211 or John (03) 578 1716 and please leave a message on the Heritage Education Answer phone.




Photo left : Ruston & Hornsby (serial no 170204) ( Named Murray) makes its way back up to Brayshaw Park following along the Taylor River. This scene is repeated daily during the Christmas Holidays offering 2 return journeys from Brayshaw Park to the centre of Blenheim - Riverside Park to our North East terminal of " Beaver Station" The society also runs every first and third Sunday of the month.



  Who are we?



The Blenheim Riverside Railway Society Inc is a narrow gauge railway  (24 inch) in Blenheim, New Zealand. The railway traverses along the picturesque Taylor River  and meanders its way through the middle of the town. On this fantastic journey, the public get an insight to the changing landscapes and while crossing streams and the Taylor River, one gets an understanding of the history and diversity of the town of Blenheim. 


The Blenheim Riverside Railway is operated by  a dedicated team of volunteers, who can be seen throughout the week maintaining the track and on running days, presenting,  promoting and running a very professional railway experience, for the public.


The Society has members from all walks of life, from students, teachers, tradespeople and retired members with trades that allow the railway to continue to run without interruption, due to their dedication and trade qualifications. 


 

The Line  


The railway line climbs out of Brayshaw Park, allowing passengers to observe vintage machinery from the farming areas and then passes past the locomotive sheds, then descends under the Burleigh Bridge following the Taylor River, passing under 5 bridges in the southwest part of Blenheim, to Beaver Station, which is the terminal station.


The terminal is about 5 minutes walk to the Blenheim Railway Station from where the Tranzcoastal Passenger Express operates from.


During the picturesque journey the track follows the riverbank passing under mature trees and locals meandering down the recreation areas which is on the East side of the river and then crosses the river on a Blenheim Riverside Railway manufactured bridge, just before High Street and continues down, until it reaches the terminal of Photo:  Mainline from Brayshaw Station to Beaver Station.                           Beaver Station in the Central City.


The journey takes around 55 minutes to complete and is a length of approximately 5.5 Kilometres each way. Passengers will experience the thrill of crossing 5 bridges of various lengths and passing underneath the 5 road bridges, giving a tunnel like feeling. There are no tunnels on the track.


Photo above:  Built in the United Kingdom by Ruston in the 1940s and used for munitions work. After World War 2 it was sold to an English fun park and used on a children's railway. This is one of two steam locomotives we have in our fleet. The Ruston is an internal combustion replica steam engine and our "Real" steam locomotive " Donald" is currently under restoration in our workshop. 

 

Where is Brayshaw Park ?


From central Blenheim city, drive up Maxwell Road until you come past the A & P Showgrounds. 


Turn right onto New Renwick Road.

Drive approximately 100 metres and you will notice an old traction engine.

Turn left into Arthur Baker Place.

Follow the road and you will enter the park. 


An easy land mark to find us is the tall windmill which is the beginning of our unique 2 foot railway journey. 

Photo: Omaka Station. 


Come on - come and ride one of Marlborough's top tourist attractions in comfort and style. 


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