Southern Diesel Rail Tour

Christchurch - Arthurs Pass - Oamaru - Dunedin - Invercargill

During October Steam Incorporated and the Railway Enthusiasts Society along with the Diesel Traction Group are running a rail tour covering much of the South Island.  The South Island rail portion starts and finishes in Christchurch.

Steam Incorporated is organising the rail portions and providing the carriages, the Railway Enthusiasts Society is organizing a more extensive South Island tour (with accommodation) that incorporates travelling on these rail sectors and the Diesel Traction Group is providing the motive power.

The tour has been timed to coincide with a Labour Weekend event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Dj locomotive class that is being arranged by Dunedin Railways.

The South Island travel will be using heritage diesel locomotives.  Most of the travel will be with one or both of the Diesel Traction GroupsEnglish Electric locos. Dg772 is confirmed and we also expect to be using Di1102 on her maiden main line excursions following a very extensive and superb rebuilt.

Di and Dg English Electric locos.

Journey Highlights

  • The most extensive use of English Electric motive power since restoration.
  • Featuring Dg772 and Di1102 (subject to completion of testing and certification processes).
  • Travel the scenic Tranz Alpine route and the freight only lines south of Christchurch.
  • Triple header run on the Taieri Gorge line
  • Enjoy and experience numerous photo stops every day (subject to daily schedules)
  • Consist will be a matching set of our red open platform heritage cars (all over 100 years old)
  • Subject to demand, option of travel on a chartered Silver Fern railcar.

South Island Itinerary Summary

Wed    17 Oct:         Chch to Arthurs Pass & return
Thur    18 Oct:         Chch to Oamaru
Fri      19 Oct:         Oamaru to Dunedin
Sat     20 Oct:         Possible Silver Fern to Gore with Mandeville visit
Sun     21 Oct:         Dunedin Railways Dj celebration to Middlemarch
Mon    22 Oct:         Dunedin to Invercargill & return
Tues   23 Oct:         Dunedin to Chch

Booking Options
For this tour Steam Incorporated is providing rail only travel.  We have listed below some accommodation establishments in the vicinity of the Christchurch and Oamaru Stations for your assistance.

The Railway Enthusiasts Society is offering a more comprehensive South Island Tour that does include accommodation.

You have the following options when making your rail booking:
Book rail only travel for the day(s) you want and arrange your own accommodation.
Book a special offer for five days rail travel and arrange your own accommodation.
Book a comprehensive tour with the Railway Enthusiasts Society (includes accommodation).

If you are only booking for the Arthurs Pass and/or Invercargill day trips these can be booked online.  Use the link on our facebook page or website.

Book this adventure now!

Call us on 0800 783 264

Get the more information including fares, conditions of travel and our manual booking form.

Download a booking form. [PDF, 506 KB]



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