About us

Steam Incorporated is an Incorporated Society, dedicated to the restoration to full working order of ex-New Zealand Government Railways locomotives and rolling stock to provide unique rail journeys on the KiwiRail railway lines of New Zealand.

Volunteer train guards Charlotte, Terry & Scott

Volunteer guards Charlotte, Terry & Scott

Formed nearly fifty years ago in 1972 Steam Incorporated is based at Paekakariki on the Kapiti coast near Wellington, on the North Island of New Zealand, where its primary purpose is to rebuild and maintain heritage railway equipment to the high standard required for main-line operation.

As the name implies, the main focus is on steam motive power, and it is usual for Steam Incorporated to have at least two of its steam locomotives in full operational condition. However, Steam Incorporated also owns and operates heritage diesel locomotives, both on the main line and for shunting duties around the depot at Paekakariki.  To be able to operate heritage excursions Steam Inc also had to acquire and restore their own passenger carriages.  The society now has a significant fleet presented in a traditional red colour scheme.

The Society prides itself on its ability to accurately re-create complete trains as they used to run in the 1920s to 1960s, through the operation of its vintage wooden and steel-bodied carriages. Steam Incorporated main line rail tours are regularly advertised to the public, and provide the opportunity for young and old alike to experience the magic of steam travel to a variety of events and venues around the country.

Revenue gained from excursions and depot operations is re-invested in the Society to continue the restoration and maintenance effort.

Steam Incorporated is a registered charitable entity. CC29197 under the Charities Act 2005.

Buffet car team

Tommy, Theo & William in the buffet car

Related information


History - Paekakariki has a long association with railways. The Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company built the first engine shed on our site in 1886 to serve the need to change locomotives required for the Paekakariki Hill and grades south into Wellington.