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New Zealand - Glenbrook Vintage Railway

Auckland, New Zealand - The GVR is based on part of the old NZR Waiuku branch line which opened in 1922 and closed in 1967. Construction of the GVR began in 1970 and in 1977 the railway opened between Glenbrook and Pukeoware. In 1986 an extension was completed to Fernleigh, 6 km from Glenbrook. In 2010 a further extension was completed to Victoria Ave, Waiuku the current terminus, 7.5 km from Glenbrook.

The Railway is not a museum as such, but rather a fully self-supporting, operating steam railway, built almost entirely by volunteer labour. It is an ongoing project, with items being collected and restored or replicated as time, labour and finance permit.

The GVR is run by a Trust Board, comprising three trustees elected and appointed from the Railway Enthusiasts Society membership. The Board appoints a General Manager who is responsible for the day to day operation of the GVR. The 7.5 km long railway carries over 30,000 passengers during the normal operating season which is from October to June each year and is also available for charter throughout the year.

The Railway is staffed and maintained by volunteers and RES membership provides automatic access to all activities as a volunteer. Special Events are often held, such as "Day Out with Thomas" weekends and Steam Festivals.

Site URL: http://www.gvr.co.nz/
Date resource added: 14-Apr-1999
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