The Glenbrook Vintage Railway (GVR) is a project of the Railway Enthusiasts Society.
The GVR is a fully functioning, full size heritage railway running primarily steam hauled trains offering rides to passengers along its own line.
Learn about the GVRs steam Trains rides
The Railway Enthusiasts Society was established in 1954 and set up headquarters in the former Onehunga Station building, in Onehunga, Auckland
The Glenbrook Vintage Railway (GVR) is a heritage steam railway operating through picturesque rural countryside over 7.4 km of the former New Zealand Railways (NZR) Waiuku branch line, from Glenbrook to Waiuku, 60 Km south west of Auckland, New Zealand. The GVR operates largely ex-NZR locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure gathered from all over the country. Even the operating methods, uniforms and "way of life" of New Zealand's railway "steam age" are replicated. Restored, maintained and operated entirely by volunteers, the GVR is constituted as a Charitable Trust and is funded largely by receipts from the more than 30,000 passengers carried annually in an seven month late-October to early-June season. The Railway does not depend on, or receive, any Government or local body assistance. In addition to scheduled services on Sundays and holiday periods, the GVR is available for charter trips for various organisations throughout the year, and holds special events such as the popular "Day Out With Thomas" weekends, goods train photographic days for enthusiasts, and steam and vintage festivals.
Much more than a museum, the GVR is a fully-fledged operating heritage railway, and an ongoing live project of the Railway Enthusiasts Society (RES), with restorations of locomotives, rolling stock and infrastructure proceeding as time, labour and finance permits, while further track extensions into Waiuku and the Tamakae Reserve are planned. Membership of the RES opens the way for volunteering on the GVR, and volunteers are always welcome to assist in the restoration and maintenance of the Railway and operation of the trains.