Welcome to the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive web.
was formed in 1944 by enthusiasts interested in the then New Zealand Railways.
Membership is open to all with an interest in the New Zealand Railway system both old and new. Members can join a magazine and photo distribution group. Member groups
meet in most cities where talks, films and other activities can be enjoyed.
There are some articles on history of locomotives and the Society. We are active in restoring locomotives and rolling stock which we own.
Documents from the old NZR were preserved and are presently held by Archives New Zealand and the Society. The Archives are available for research at the archive site in Ava, Wellington. In the archive are Staff Lists which have been of interest to genealogists. Visits can be arranged with the archivist - Phone 04 568 4938
The Thomas McGavin Research Grant is available to those wanting to do research on NZR topics. Links to other sites of interest are maintained.
Our bimonthly magazine called the 'The New Zealand Railway Observer' is provided to members as part of the membership services and is available to the public from stationers.
Indexes to previous issues are on-line.
We have a catalogue of books, produced by members and relating to aspects of the railways past and present. Use the Secure Order Form to get these. There are a large number of photos in the archive which are used for illustrations in our books and the magazine. Some of these can be seen in the photo galleries of 'Steam', 'Modern' and 'Archive' selections.
See a slide show of the cover pictures from The New Zealand Railway Observer.
All photographs are copyright
and remain the property of the New Zealand, Railway & Locomotive Society
An empty coal train leaving LytteltonFebruary 2001.