Grab a friend, book a seat and get rid of the Winter Blues in the most relaxing way possible by enjoying a few hours of luxury rail travel in the comfort of a Silverfern Railcar. With limited chances left to enjoy the ambience of this vehicle, the Railway Enthusiasts Society Inc has organized two half day short excursions from Hamilton to Mission Bush and return on the normally freight only line to the Glenbrook Steel mill on Saturday 11th August.
Silver Fern Railcar RM 30 will return to the South Island in September to resume Cruise Ship charter trips to Arthurs Pass and beyond and we are using it while the opportunity presents itself to indulge in some easy going half day trips that all can enjoy.
Sit back, relax and socialize with fellow passengers and enjoy the panoramic views from the wide windows in air conditioned comfort as we depart Hamilton and take in the local sights, before passing through Taupiri and Huntly and checking the progress on the Waikato Expressway. Thereafter Rangiriri, Lake Waikare, Te Kauwhata and the Whangamarino wetlands are all passed as we travel north to Mercer and Pokeno. Ascending the Whangarata Bank with ease RM 30 will pass through Tuakau and Pukekohe before taking the left fork of the Paerata triangle and entering onto the Mission Bush branch. Here we traverse the undulations of this interesting branch line passing through Patumahoe and Glenbrook before arriving at Mission Bush. At present we cannot guarantee entry into the Steel Mill however during our stop here the driver will change ends, seats will be turned and we will set off on the return journey.
During both trips either morning or afternoon tea will be served along with light refreshments and a stop at Huntly made for a leg stretch and photo opportunity. These two trips have been arranged to allow passengers to enjoy a short day out in style, travel some rail line not normally available and update themselves on the changes in the local countryside.
Get a group together and book now, we look forward to welcoming you on board.Download the booking form here