GVR – Special Events and Extra Running Days

Listed below are special events that are run each operating season plus extra running days. For further information contact Glenbrook Station (operating days only) or the Railway Enthusiasts Society clubrooms. Phone numbers are listed in the ‘Contact Details’ web page on this site.

Bookings are not taken for seat reservations for any of the special events listed below unless specifically noted. Please purchase your tickets at Glenbrook Station on the day.

Standard fares may not apply to some events as noted below:-

 

 

Day Out With Thomas 12 & 13 Nov 2011

Sir Topham Hatt, The Fat Controller will be in charge. First train departs at 10 am & every 30 minutes thereafter until 4 pm. Disabled parking is available at Glenbrook station, entry gate for disabled parking only is on the corner of Glenbrook Station Road & Farmpark Road. Fares which include children’s entertainment are Adult $20, Child $10 (under 4 years free) & family $55.

Santa Day 18 Dec 2011 Children accompanied by an adult ride free
Continuous Running 26 Dec 2011 to 3 Jan 2012
Day Out With Thomas 3 & 4 March 2012

Sir Topham Hatt, The Fat Controller will be in charge. First train departs at 10 am & every 30 minutes thereafter until 4 pm. Disabled parking is available at Glenbrook station, entry gate for disabled parking only is on the corner of Glenbrook Station Road & Farmpark Road. Fares which include children’s entertainment are Adult $20, Child $10 (under 4 years free) & family $55.

Mothers Day 13 May 2012 Mums ride free

 

 

Download a previous “Day Out With Thomas” poster (pdf)

Society Membership

The only qualification for membership is an interest in railways and railway travel.
Members are drawn from all walks of life and all ages.
Membership is on an annual basis starting from your joining date.

Membership Categories
Adult
Individual membership for people above school age. Includes:-

Full voting rights at formal Society meetings.
Use of reference library at the Museum and Clubrooms.
Members discounts when offered on merchandise.
Attendance at monthly meetings (supper donation applies).
50% discount on train fares on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway (personal to member).
Youth
For those aged 5 to 18 years. Same options as above, at a discount.

Family
Covers a “family” with one member of the household being the nominated “Full Member” for voting rights. Otherwise as above. (Only ONE copy of YARN and the Society mail-outs will be sent to each address).

Subscription rates – (all per year)
Membership
Adult (one person) = $20.00
Family (two or more family members) = $25.00
Youth (5 – 18 yrs) = $ 5.00
YARN Magazine
Posted within NZ = $25.00
Posted Overseas = $45.00

Overseas Railtours

In recent years the Society has planned, booked and operated a series of successful Overseas Railtours annually for groups of interested members. These Railtours provide the opportunity for members to visit overseas countries as part of an RES Railtour Group to enjoy the scenic and other attractions that different countries offer – and generally to travel by train as much as possible in doing so.

All the planning, organization and running of these Railtours is undertaken on a voluntary basis by experienced members who have “done it all before”. The Society contracts directly with overseas service providers.

All this generally ensures that we visit destinations of real interest to our Railtourists, can offer “Optional Activities” to those who prefer to be organized, provide a balance between travelling and free days and maximizes “value for money” for everybody travelling!

Further information on future Railtours including more detailed itineraries, Booking Forms and Conditions of Booking and Travel may be obtained by calling the Society’s Office and Clubrooms at (09) 636 9361 or by emailing

Monthly Meetings

Monthly Meetings
These offer a variety of railway related subjects in the form of talks, videos, movies and on occasions panel discussions from invited guests. Supper is served for which a small fee is charged.

From February 2011 meetings will be held at:-.
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Venue: The Pearce Street Hall, Onehunga.
Location:

Pearce St, off Onehunga Mall, behind the library, near the bus station and approx 200 meters from the Railway Station.
Day: Every second Tuesday of the month. (8 Feb, 8 Mar, 12 Apr, 10 May, 14 Jun, 12 Jul, 9 Aug, 13 Sep, 11 Oct, 8 Nov, 13 Dec).
Time: 7.30pm

Clubrooms and Museum

The society has its own club rooms/museum and administration office housed in the former (re-located) Onehunga Station Building.
Members are invited to visit the club rooms at 38 Alfred Street, Onehunga during office hours which are 9am – noon, Monday – Saturday.

The museum/clubrooms contains an excellent collection of New Zealand railway artefacts and books for reading or reference, plus an extensive collection of number plates.

Charter Trips (available all year)

Our vintage steam trains are available for charter at any time during the year for any occasion, whether for that special birthday party, wedding, anniversary celebration, business event, tour group, photographic event, or just for fun.

If you require a train for an hour, a morning, an afternoon, or a day, perhaps with refreshments supplied or even a barbecue, contact us to discuss your requirements.

On an operating day you can hire a carriage for your own exclusive use i.e. for a birthday party etc, for either one trip or as many trips as you like (same price). There are two carriage hire options:-

(a) Dining carriage with fixed tables between the seats (refer photograph) that seats up to 72 people. Cuirrently this carriage has no cooking facilities available but has a small area to prepare food for serving.
(b) Standard carriage with longitudinal seating (seat up to 50 people), we will supply trestle tables at no extra charge for your food if required. No food preparation area.

Note we do not provide catering services for birthday parties etc on operating days, however our refreshment room is open. Carriage hire prices are available on application.

Charter enquiries should be forwarded by fax to +64-9-625 4057 or contact our Charter Manager whose telephone number is listed on the ‘Contact Details’ web page.

Dining Carriage Interior

GVR Operating days

Glenbrook Station – 26 Dec 2006Board the train at bustling Glenbrook Station after inspecting the steam engine, (the driver will be happy to answer any questions) and settle into the immaculate wood paneled carriages. The friendly guard in vintage uniform will clip your ticket as you listen to the panting and whistling of the steam locomotive, smell that special aroma of the coal smoke and experience again the thrill and excitement of travel by steam train.

The regular operating season starts on Labour Weekend (late October) and continues until Queens Birthday (early June). During this season trains operate Sundays and most public holiday weekends.

Video of typical operating days at the GVR can be found on the Videos page.

Timetable
The gates open at 10 am on operatng days and trains run to a hour and a quarter schedule, departing Glenbrook Station at 11.00 am, 12.15 pm, 1.30 pm, 2.45 pm and 4 pm. Departure times from Victoria Avenue Station, Waiuku are 11.25 am, 12.40 pm, 1.55 pm, 3.10 pm and 4.25 pm – note the last return service from Victoria Avenue is at 3.10 pm, the 4.25 pm departure does not return to Victoria Avenue.

 

2011 – 2012 GVR (Interim) Operating Days Calendar
Year Month Glenbrook Vintage Railway – Operating Days
2011 October 22 to 24 30
November 6 12 & 13 20 27
December 4 11 18 26 to 31
2012 January 1 to 3 8 15 22 28 to 30
February 4 to 6 12 19 26
March 3 & 4 11 18 25
April 1 6 to 9 15 22 25 29
May 6 13 20 27
June 2 to 4
Please refer to the Special Events page for additional information

The Railway is closed from Queen’s Birthday weekend (early June) until Labour weekend (late October).
Other activities available include hand and motor jigger rides and a children’s playground.

Other attractions in the area include the Waiuku Museum, Hartmann House – (quality crafts), Wrights Waterlily Gardens, Awhitu Regional Park, Karioitahi surf beach and sheltered harbour beaches.

GVR Standard Fares
Adult Fare $16.00
Child Fare (4 to 15 years) $8.00 (child under 4 years – free).
Family Pass (2 adults plus up to 4 children) $42.00
Group discounts available for parties with 15 or more fare paying passengers (apply on the day).
Standard fares may not apply on special event days, please refer to Special Events for fares on these days.
Bookings are not taken for seat reservations on operating or special event days, please purchase your tickets at Glenbrook Station on the day.

How you can help

Volunteers to help run the Glenbrook Vintage Railway are always required on operating days, plus volunteer help with maintenance and restoration activities is also needed.

On operating days we require volunteers for the station (refreshment room, souvenir shop, ticket sellers, jigger operators) and the train (guard, assistant guard, steam locomotive fireman who we train through to the position of steam engine driver).

Anyone who is interested in helping in any way, from once a year to every day of the week, is invited to contact the Railway Enthusiasts Society clubrooms (refer to the ‘Contact Details’ web page) at any time and your name will be forwarded to the General Manager or appropriate Branch Manager.

The Manager will then contact you with any information you need to join our team of volunteers.

Currently we are looking for volunteers to join our commercial team. Follow this link for more information.

GVR Location

We are an easy 50 minute drive from central Auckland. Take the Drury or Pukekohe off ramp from the Southern Motorway and follow the main route towards Waiuku. Turn into Glenbrook Station Road. Unfortunately there is no public transport available to the Glenbrook Station.

Facilities available
Free off road parking, picnic area with tables, a children’s play area and wheel chair access toilets.

Disabled access is from the Glenbrook Station car park, the car park entrance is on the corner of Glenbrook Station Road & Farm Park Road, Glenbrook. Disabled access toilets are available at Glenbrook Station.

The train is wheel chair accessible from the Glenbrook Station only.

Activities
Available every Operating Day subject to operating requirements.

Food – Souvenirs – Books
At the Glenbrook station a large selection of hot and cold food and drinks are available and a range of railway books and souvenirs, including “Thomas the Tank Engine” merchandise for the younger folk, are also for sale.

Steam Train Rides
Steam locomotive hauled trains of restored vintage carriages travel from Glenbrook Station to Fernleigh and return, stopping at the Pukeoware Workshops to allow viewing of other vintage locomotives and equipment. The return journey of 15 km takes approximately 1 hour, including the workshop visit of approximately 10 minutes.

The Waiuku township is within easy walking distance of our Victoria Avenue station, you are welcome to leave the train to visit the township and return on a later train. Note the last train departs the Victoria Avenue station at 4.25 pm.

Hand & Motorised Jigger Rides
Hand and Motor Jigger rides operate after the steam train has departed from the Glenbrook station. The Hand Jigger within the Glenbrook station yard and the Motor Jigger to Morley Rd and return (4km).

GVR Standard Fares
Adult Fare $16.00
Child Fare (4 to 15 years) $8.00 (child under 4 years – free).
Family Pass (2 adults plus up to 4 children) $42.00
Group discounts available for parties with 15 or more fare paying passengers (apply on the day).
Standard fares may not apply on special event days, please refer to Special Events for fares on these days.
Bookings are not taken for seat reservations on operating or special event days, please purchase your tickets at Glenbrook Station on the day.

About the Society

The Railway Enthusiasts Society Inc. was registered under the incorporated Societies’ Act on the 17th of July 1958, with its principle objectives being as follows:-

  • To foster an intelligent interest in railways and in their operation and development generally.
  • To facilitate the exchange between railway enthusiasts of information concerning the history, development, design, construction and operation of railways in New Zealand and elsewhere.
  • To encourage the preservation of private and public collections of railway photographs, films, literature and equipment.
  • To publish, print, distribute and authorise periodicals, books, magazines and other printed matter on topics of railway interest or related to the Society’s activities.
  • To arrange trips, tours and excursions to places of railway or general interest.
  • Railway Enthusiasts Society Inc. (Clubrooms)
    38 Alfred St
    Onehunga,
    Auckland, 1061
    New Zealand PO Box 13-684
    Onehunga,
    Auckland, 1643
    New Zealand

    For Excursion Details, Booking Forms, or General Enquiries

    (From Auckland) Phone: 636 9361
    (Outside Auckland) Phone: 0800 4RAILFUN
    0800 472 453
    Fax: +64 9 636 9558

  • Excursions
    These are a major activity of the Society, which owns and maintains its own fleet of vintage carriages and catering/service vehicles. Seldom does a month go by without the running of an interesting and scenic day excursion. In fact we have built up an enviable reputation for arranging innovative and appealing outings not available from any other operator.

    Preferential bookings are available to members, who are automatically advised of all trips and tours. Please contact the RES Clubrooms (refer to Contact Info) for further information about the events listed below.

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