Proud Operators of the Ferrymead Railway

Based at Ferrymead Heritage Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. The Canterbury Railway Society restores and its Ferrymead Railway operates, one of New Zealand’s finest collection of Heritage Steam, Diesel and Electric Locomotives, Rolling Stock, Signaling Equipment and Buildings.


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Our next running days will be:

Updated 30/03/2022

Please note that in order to visit us and ride the train,
You will need to comply with Ferrymead Heritage Parks COVID-19 Conditions of Entry

You can find these rules here



Saturday 2nd April 2022
Ferrymead Night Market 4pm – 8pm
DTG Di 1102 Diesel Carriage Train
Train Tickets from Moorhouse Village Station^


Sunday 3rd April 2022
Ferrymead Alive 10am – 4pm
Vulcan Railcar

Train Tickets from Moorhouse Village Station^^


Sunday 17th April 2022
Ferrymead Park Event 10am – 4pm
“The Great New Zealand Easter Egg Hunt”
D 140 Steam Engine Heritage Train
Tickets via Ferrymead Heritage Park


Monday 18th April 2022
Easter Monday Running 10am – 4pm
Vulcan Railcar
Train Tickets from Moorhouse Village Station^^


Sunday 24th April 2022
School Holiday Diesel Running 10am – 4pm
DTG’s Di 1102 Diesel Carriage Train
Train Tickets from Moorhouse Village Station^^


More dates to come!

~~Even if you cant ride with us, Any donations no matter how small are gratefully accepted~~

Donations over $5 are tax deductible

*F 13 Peveril is New Zealand’s oldest working Steam Loco built in 1872, returned to service 2015.
**D140 was built by Scott Bro’s, Christchurch in 1887, returned to service 2021.

Cash & Eftpos Available

^Night Market Nights. On Top of park entry. Tickets are all evening. $5 Adult, $3 Child (5yrs+), $15 Family.
^^Steam Sunday/Ticketed Days. On top of park entry. Tickets are all day. $5 Adult, $3 Child (5yrs+), $15 Family.
(Family: 2 Adults & 3 Children)
Please Note
This is in addition to your Ferrymead Heritage Park Entrance Fee
As we do not receive income from their Entry.
Their Current Entry Fees can be found on their website

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.

Article from 1967


“NZ Locomotive Engineers Journal” April 1967, page 4. by Garth Beardsley In 1963, when the centennial of railways in New Zealand was celebrated members of the N.Z. Railway & Locomotive Society, Canterbury Branch,... READ MORE