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.

    If you are unable to open the brochures which are PDF files, Adobe Reader may need to be installed on your computer.

Where to Buy Speaker Stands

 

If you need a new set of speaker stands, you will find a wide variety of options available online. There are literally hundreds of different types, makes and models, but how do you know if you are getting the best value for your money? You need to make sure that you buy high-quality stands that will last for many years. Speakers can be used in any room of the home including the living room, music room or family room. However, there are specific types of speaker stands that should not be used in these areas:

A home theater speaker stand is specially designed to improve your listening enjoyment, regardless of what the application, optimally balancing sound quality against the walls and flooring that may cause unnecessary distortion. However, how do you determine which speaker stands are best for you? The first step is to ensure that they are designed for use with speakers that are compatible with your home theater system. In addition, you will need to determine the optimum size and shape of the speaker stands to match the speakers you have. You will also need to consider any room size restrictions.

Standing speakers are designed to be viewed from a comfortable distance and in any room, regardless of its size. They are also designed to take the entire weight of the speakers on their center pole, so all the speakers will be equally supported. A standing speaker set consists of a single center pole speaker and at least one surround speaker. The design of most stands is to allow the front speakers to hang down and be viewed while you are listening. For these speakers, the stand should be designed so that the woofer is mounted to the back of the stand.

When shopping for speaker stands, you will discover there are two main types – the free standing speaker stand and the professional speaker stand. Each type has advantages and disadvantages. As you look at the different stands, you can decide what will work best for your specific needs. For larger rooms, where you plan to place many speakers, the free standing speaker stand will be the most effective. However, if you plan to move the speakers around frequently, a professional designed stand may be better.

Free standing stands are designed to hold just about any style or brand of speaker that you can imagine. You can choose from small compact models, to large, strong models designed for specific amounts of sound. A stand can be designed to suit your particular need, so it is best to shop around before making your final decision. You should try out several stands until you find the perfect one. The prices vary widely.

Professional designed stands are available in a wide price range. They are made to withstand heavy use, including storage during transport and assembly. The stand will also need to be designed to fit the specifications of all the speakers that will be placed on it. The stands come with different features designed to hold different types of speakers. They are designed so that the proper positioning of each speaker is ensured in a way that does not damage the speaker’s components.

If cost is an option, you can always design your own stand. This is possible with the help of a few DIY’ers. The materials that you will need to purchase will depend upon how elaborate you want your stand to be. A basic model will typically consist of four main pieces – a front panel, the base, arms, and brackets.

Where do I buy my stands? There are many places that sell stand units designed for specific uses. They include home improvement stores, audio retailers, sound system retailers, and online distributors. If you cannot find what you need, you can have a stand custom-made.

Home Renovations in Auckland

 

There are many things to consider before moving forward with your Auckland home renovations. While the process may seem daunting, it really does not have to be that way. You will find that a great deal of information is available for you to review to ensure that you get it right the first time. With a little careful planning, and knowledge of what needs to be accomplished, you too can embark on the process of home renovation in Auckland.

A great resource to start off with when thinking about your Auckland home renovations is the Internet. Search for local Auckland renovation builders. This will give you a wealth of options to choose from. From this, you can then make an informed decision regarding which design of room you want to renovate. You will have the benefit of viewing examples of other clients’ completed renovations as well as get some great ideas to use while renovating your own home.

Many a times, you may not know what part of your house needs to be renovated. A good place to start looking at this is by visiting a home renovation gallery. Here, you can view different styles and designs which will allow you to develop an understanding of what part of your house would best suit a certain style of renovation. You can then make a decision regarding the different areas of your house, which need to be renovated.

The next best thing to do is to contact a professional Auckland home renovations builder. There are many of these builders around. However, the problem with finding the right one, is that you do not know what their experience is like. It can be difficult to find a builder who has performed work in your same building. Therefore, when contacting a builder, it is vital that they have experience in both residential and commercial renovations.

When it comes to commercial and residential renovations, the amount of time and money involved is very different. When it comes to a commercial renovation, you will most likely be looking at thousands of dollars. The same rule applies when looking at a residential renovation. If you are looking to renovate your entire home, the project duration would range between two to four years.

It is important that you choose reliable builders who will be able to provide excellent results. The first thing you want to look for is industry experience allows us to give you a better understanding of the level of work which will be required from us. This industry experience allows us to give you a better insight into the quality of work that we can produce for you. This in turn ensures that our work will provide you with the finished product which is valued asset.

Many of the builders in Auckland now offer a full range of home renovations services. Some of these include electrical work, deck repair and wall painting to name but a few. Many of the companies also offer a bespoke approach to the renovations, which enables you to get just the thing that you want. Having a custom designed and created plan for the renovations allows you to get exactly what you need at a price which is value for money.

Whether you have decided to carry out renovations yourself or you want to find someone to do them for you, it is essential that you understand exactly what they provide and what you will be paying for. This is why contacting several builders is a great idea. By doing this you can compare pricing, service and reputation. You will soon discover if you are better off carrying out your home renovation with a builder or hiring a company who will get the job done correctly.

Home Extensions North Shore Auckland

 

It is no surprise why home extensions on the north shore of Auckland have been a hot topic for discussion. The demand for houses and apartments here is huge, and it shows no sign of decreasing. And considering the growth rate of the city as a whole, it’s not surprising that home extensions are a growing business as well. In fact, you could consider this industry to be one of the country’s most profitable. The reason for this, however, comes down largely to the increasing demand for housing among people of different income brackets.

Because of these changes, home extensions north shore in Auckland are quickly becoming a popular choice for people who don’t want to sell their current homes but instead invest in their futures. So how exactly do these projects work? For the most part, they work much in the same way as any other type of extension – like a buy to let or flat extension. But when it comes to the building of the extension, there is actually some additional money involved. Let’s take a look at a few of the top reasons why property investors are jumping on board.

First up is the ease with which buyers locate properties. Unlike the past, there is a wealth of information available on both the internet and through the public transport system in Sydney. If you’ve spent any time at all browsing through the various online yellow pages in Sydney, then you know just how difficult it can be to find a real estate agent in this city. In the past, if you were looking for new properties, you’d need to contact a realtor. These were the kind of people who specialized in the buying and selling of residential and commercial properties. Nowadays, you’ll have to use the information superhighways to find information on home extensions in Sydney.

Next up is the affordability factor. As we’ve mentioned before, there is no longer a need to employ the services of a real estate agent when it comes to buying residential property. The power of the internet means that the cost of hiring a property manager or a real estate broker has become phenomenally cheap. As such many house renovations in Sydney are undertaken by companies who specialise in taking care of residential property. On top of this, it’s now so easy to find affordable property that anyone can buy a property within their means.

Finally, you no longer need to rely on the services of a company who specialises in the purchase of house extensions. There is now a wide variety of website designers in Sydney who specialise in helping people design their own dwellings. One of the major benefits of having your own website designer in Perth Hills is that you’ll be able to choose from one of a range of different styles and layouts. This means that regardless of whether you’re looking for a home extension in Pyrmont, North Sydney or Glenfield, you’ll be able to find exactly the right type of design.

One of the major drawbacks with using a website designer in Perth Hills is that they don’t have access to all of the different available designs. As a result, many potential residents will have to go online in order to find a design that suits them. Even in the best case scenario, that might mean spending a few hours scouring the numerous website portfolios of different home extensions in the area in order to find one that suits your requirements. If you’re already in the area and are in need of a house extension, then the process could take a lot longer.

Fortunately, there is an alternative. Home extensions in North Yorkshire have started to boom largely due to developments such as the Lanarkshire Lightgard, which utilises a patented technology to deliver a property with a completely natural look. Lanarkshire is renowned for its beautiful countryside and, as a result, there has been a huge increase in the number of people wanting to live there. With this increased population is comes an increase in demand for housing and a housing development company in Perth Hills can help these people get the house of their dreams in a timely manner. Developments like the Lanarkshire Lightgard are not cheap to achieve, but that isn’t saying that you should have a difficult time finding what you need. With the assistance of a leading home extension company in Perth Hills, you should be able to find exactly what you need at a price that is friendly to your budget.

One of the greatest advantages to hiring a home extension developer in Perth Hills is the guaranteed service. A reputable development company in the region will work hard to give you the perfect end result. For instance, if you want to extend your home by 400m, you shouldn’t have any problems finding a developer that will provide you with the ideal solution. Whether it be a new bedroom, a new bathroom or a new terrace, you are sure to receive exceptional service when you hire a local Australian development company to help you achieve your dreams.

Where to Buy Dog Collar and Leash Online

 

Why should you buy dog collar online? Well, there are several reasons why purchasing a dog training collar online is a great idea. One, you can do research on the collar that you are interested in. Two, you can read reviews of other people’s experiences with that particular product and three, you can contact the vendor to ask questions. Many times, there are email addresses or phone numbers that you can use to speak with the vendor and get your answers. This helps you make an informed decision as you are not obligated to buy from an online vendor that does not have a contact method for you to reach them.

So, what type of dog collar should you buy dog training collar online? There are several types of dog training collars that you can purchase. Here is a list of some of the most common types of collars and what they are best used for:

Raw Denim – A very common, durable and popular style of leather dog wear. Often referred to as a “chain link”, this type of leather collar is popular for two main reasons. First, it is known to be tough, which means that your pet should be able to handle the constant pulling and tugging without any problems and second, the durability of the raw denim material makes it so that your pet will not chew or tear the leather material.

Chain Collar – This type of chain collar has a metal loop that wraps around your dog’s neck. It is then fastened to the leash or the belt. You can buy dog collar with or without a buckle. This works well for small dogs that tend to pull and tug.

Leather Dog Collar – This is considered one of the most comfortable of all the dog collars. Most of these are made out of suede and most have an elastic part in the back to easily fit your dog’s coat. Some dog collars are slip free. This is very helpful when you are walking through public areas with your dog.

Trixie Pearl Dog Collar – Trixie is a well known designer of designer dog collars. The name is pretty self explanatory. This product is made out of anodized aluminum and has a very attractive black leather trim. The product also features a stainless steel keyed front zipper. There is also a snap-closure collar.

There are many more types of dog training collars that are available. It is best to do your research before you decide what to buy. Just remember that all of them should meet your dog’s needs in safety and comfort. Some can be used for special training, while others are just for regular walking and casual fun. When you buy dog collar online, make sure that it is the right size and the right style for your dog.

There are a lot of good quality dog collars that are popular brands. You should take your time and look around at them before you make any decisions. Even though they may be a bit expensive they will be worth it in the end. You need to make sure that your dog collar is comfortable and securely holds your dog’s weight, this is important for their safety.

One of the first places that I would check when looking for a new leash is an online store. There are many different options to choose from and most of them are reasonably priced. You can find dog collars and leashes in many different stores online. If you don’t see something that you like at an online store then you might just want to check out the mall or local pet stores.

I am not saying that you should never buy your dog collar and leashes at an online store. It all depends on what you are looking for, as well as where you are shopping. If you are looking for a nice nylon leash that is cheap then it makes sense to check out the local pet store. However, if you are looking for the latest designer nylon leashes then you might want to shop online. You just need to know where to look, as there are hundreds of online stores to choose from.

No matter where you decide to purchase from, make sure that you have researched all the choices. Look for reviews from both buyers and sellers so that you will get the best dog collar that you can afford. I would also recommend that you look up the cost of shipping in the small print before making your purchase. One of the worst things that could happen is that you end up with a dog collar and leashes that you cannot afford. That would be a shame, so take the time to figure out exactly what you need.

Beautify Your Home With Professional Landscaping

 

Auckland Landscaping Specialists are experts in transforming your home, removing the old and replacing it with new, fresh and green components. In keeping with the rapid growth of the city, Auckland property developers and builders are constantly on the lookout for those who can provide expertly designed new build properties. There are so many different types of new build homes available in Auckland. Many are custom made to suit your specifications.

New build homes are those constructed after a construction team sets out from the ground up, literally. They take into account every detail, making sure that each tiny feature is perfect for the occupants. The latest trend in home building and design is green home construction. Green home buyers have been attracted to Auckland properties that have been built using sustainable materials and techniques. This includes stucco homes, permeable roofs, energy efficient windows and doors, natural flooring and wood frames.

As more people recognise the need to make their home more ecologically friendly, they are increasingly buying properties that are green. So if you are interested in buying a home in Auckland, why not look for one that incorporates sustainable building techniques? A simple way to find a range of green homes for sale in Auckland is to ask your real estate agent. He will be able to show you a range of potential new build homes. Your agent will also be able to give you advice about which type of green features you should look for.

If you are interested in new build homes, you will be pleased to know that there are many types of home that Auckland Landscaping Specialists can transform into green homes. If you want to build a house that will impress visitors to your home and set a good example in your neighbourhood, you could opt for a botanical home. You can get a beautiful botanical garden designed for your garden by Auckland Landscaping Specialists. The best part about a botanical garden is that it does not need much effort on the part of home buyers as it requires very little maintenance.

Some home buyers are turned off by the thought of doing anything to their home. However, this is not the case when it comes to getting a botanical home built in Auckland. Your new home builders will be able to incorporate several new eco-friendly features into your home. For example, a modern double glazing window that can save you a lot of energy will be added to your new build.

Did you know that you can have a custom designed swimming pool built into your garden? This can be done by Auckland Landscaping Specialists. You will have a choice of different types of outdoor pool designs for your home. One option could be a kiddie pool or a fun-filled inflatable pool. Outdoor heated pools are another popular option that Auckland Landscaping Specialists can help you get in to. These pools are made to be safe for children to swim in safely.

The garden is what your visitors will first notice about your home. To help make this important aspect of your home beautiful, a professional landscape architect in Auckland will design and create an outdoor garden area around your home. If you are looking to have a relaxing area that you can visit when you come to visit your home, this could be the perfect solution. Having a pond is ideal and will provide you with hours of enjoyment. An outdoor kitchen with stone countertops and stainless steel appliances could be the perfect addition to your new home.

Whether you are looking to relax, entertain, or just enjoy the great outdoors, you will be able to find the perfect garden for your needs at the right price. Talk to your Auckland Landscaping Specialists to get an idea of how they can transform your home into an outdoor paradise. Their extensive knowledge of garden design will help you find exactly what you need for your backyard. Auckland Landscaping Specialists can assist in many areas including site planning, design, construction and the maintenance of your garden.