If you have a question that is not listed, please don't hesitate to make contact with us to ask.
How are the Railway Enthusiasts Society and the Glenbrook Vintage Railway Connected?
The Railway Enthusiasts Society (RES) was registered under the Incorporated Societies Act in 1958 and it manages the Glenbrook Vintage Railway by means of a Charitable Trust whose Deed of Trust was executed in 1970. The Deed provides for three Trustees, the Chairman being the RES president ( or their nominee) an RES Committee Trustee nominated by the elected committee and an RES Members Trustee elected by the members. Prior to the execution of the Trust Deed, the GVR project was administered by a Board consisting of the then RES president, one elected by the RES committee and a third elected by the members.
Where do the trains go and how long does the trip take?
Our regular GVR run service runs between Glenbrook and Waiuku along our own 7.5 km long railway.
Passengers may board and disembark at either end, and all our ticket types are a return fare to the station at which you boarded.
The return trip takes around 65 minutes, which includes a 15 minute stop-over at our workshops for passengers to alight and view our restoration projects. For more details go here
How does a steam locomotive work?
Our locomotive crews are always happy to answer questions about their locomotive and how it works.
Are refreshments available?
Food, including pies, sandwiches, cakes, confectionery, ice cream, coffee, tea and soft drinks are available for purchase at Glenbrook Station and may be taken on board the train if required.
Are seats on the train reserved?
No. Normally plenty of seating is available, and tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Window on arrival at Glenbrook Station. However, for the Parlour Car, advance bookings are recommended, as seating is limited in this carriage.
Can I bring a pet on the train?
Yes. Pets on a leash or under control, including guide dogs, are welcome and travel free.
Is the train wheelchair-accessible?
Yes. Our stations, toilets and train are all wheelchair-accessible We have ramps for the train, to ease boarding if necessary. Please don't hesitate to seek the assistance of our station or train staff.
Can I move about the train?
Yes. Passengers are welcome to move from carriage to carriage. However, care must be exercised when moving between cariages, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. No standing is permitted on the gangways between carriages.
Is there an open carriage on the train?
Yes. Most of our trains will have our open car in the consist. (We reserve the right to not use the car due to mechanical or other reasons without notice).
How do I volunteer to work at the Railway?
We welcome all volunteers, and it is easy to join us. If you would like to join our team please go here.
Who owns and operates the GVR?
The Glenbrook Vintage Railway is a project of the Railway Enthusiasts Society (RES). Members provided the first work party, which commenced trackwork restoration in 1970. All staff engaged in operating the railway are RES members and are unpaid volunteers. Any surpluses after expenses are retained by the Railway for on-going improvements and further development.
Can I take a fold-up pram or pushchair on the trains?
Yes. However, they must be stored in the guards van. (Our staff will show you). Due to the narrow doorways, they are not permitted to be taken into the regular carriages. If you prefer, they may also be left with the Glenbrook station staff while you take your ride.
How many volunteers work at the GVR on a normal operating day?
On any given operating day (with the exception of special events), between 12 and 20 volunteers may be involved with the Operations and Commercial side, although there will often be other volunteers working onsite, such as at our workshops.
How much are the fares?
GVR Train and Jigger fares are available here .
What other attractions are there in the area?
Some of the other things to do and see in the area are listed in "Other Local Attractions" under the heading "GVR Steam Train Experience" at the top of the page.
Do you have a turntable?
Yes. Normally the "loops" (locomotive run-around tracks) at each end of the line are used, to allow the locomotive to run around the train and connect to the other end. Our turntable, located at the Glenbrook end of our line (only recently commissioned) is used occasionally to turn locomotives and carriages around for demonstration and mechanical purposes.
How do I contact you?
go here to see our contact us page
How do I get to the GVR?
The GVR is located in rural South Auckland, near Waiuku. Click here to go to our directions page.
How many of the staff are volunteers?
All GVR staff, including station staff, drivers, firemen, and others carrying out catering, maintenance and restoration on the Railway, are unpaid volunteers, as are members of the RES commitee and GVR Trustees.
Do I need permission to take photos or videos?
You may take photographs/videos for private use at any of the public areas (level crossings, bridges, public roads), at the stations, at the workshop stop or on the train. To take photos/videos alongside the track on GVR property, permission from the Stationmaster and Train Controller is required. Commercial photography or specialised filming for profit must be arranged with our charter manager. At our discretion, minor commercial filming or photography may be arranged on the day of your visit, but permission must be gained from the Stationmaster and Train Controller at Glenbrook Station. Commercial filming usually requires some financial return, or benefit, to GVR.
Can trains be chartered for weddings, group visits and special occasions?
Yes. More information on various options is available here.
Is the Railway a museum?
The Glenbrook Vintage Railway is foremost a self-supporting fully operational tourist railway, keeping alive New Zealand's unique railway heritage. However, the RES headquarters located in the historic 1873 former Onehunga Railway Station located at 38 Alfred St, Onehunga, Auckland, has an extensive museum collection of railway artefacts and a comprehensive railway library. Volunteers man the office Monday through Friday between 9.00am- 12 noon and are available to sell excursion tickets or various railway publications.
On which days does the GVR operate?
Click here to see our operating calendar, this lists all GVR running days, as well as GVR & RES events.
When is your next Day out With Thomas event?
We now have an 'always there' 'Day out With Thomas' webpage, that is constantly being updated, click though to see our next events date.
Do I need a Day Pass for a return trip?
No, a single ticket entitles you to one trip in each direction on our line. You may board and disembark at either end of the line with a Single Trip ticket. A Day Pass entitles you to multiple journeys within the same day. (The Day Pass fare may not be available on "special event" days).
What is the 'First Class Parlour Car', and what is its attraction?
Take a look at our dedicated webpage for more information