Saturday, 8 September 2018
It has been some time since the last passenger service visited Helensville and it may well be some time before the next opportunity arises. The Railway Enthusiasts Society Inc invites you to join them on a one off, and definitely last time to ride the Silver Fern railcar, as we journey from Otahuhu to Helensville and return. Explore the hidden gems of the Kaipara township in this short springtime excursion.
Having just visited the area in preparation for this excursion I am genuinely excited that passengers will be amazed at the changes occurring out west, many of which we read about but have little understanding of.
So phone a friend, pack a picnic, rouse the neighbours, and make tracks to the nearest station to enjoy the best little trip to the west!
Ride in air-conditioned comfort, view the changing landscape through large panoramic windows and enjoy the company of your fellow passengers as the railcar takes you through town and country to the ever changing settlement of Helensville.
A local bus will be available to shuttle you around Helensville, to the Museum and up to Parakai to enjoy time at the pools if desired. This will act as the local sightseeing tour. See booking form. Admission charges to the Rail Museum & Model Railway, Helensville Museum and any purchases of food and refreshments are at passengers' own expense.
Excursion Details: Silver Fern Railcar – Last trip before it returns to the South Island
Pick up and Set Down Stops:
Otahuhu: Depart 8.57am, arrive 4.00pm
Helensville: Arrive 11.15am, depart 1.30pm
Fare: A single fare of $90 all stations applies for this excursion. Local Bus $5.00
Refreshments: Tea/Coffee/Juice/Water will be served on board. There will be plenty of opportunity to purchase lunch in Helensville, or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a picnic on the walkway or at the Museum or Parakai Pools grounds.
Bookings: As this excursion is being run at relatively short notice, bookings must be made promptly to ensure acceptance. Tickets will be issued strictly in order of receipt of fully completed and paid bookings. Trip details, timings and tickets will be forwarded 7 days prior to the Excursion operating.
Bruce Jackson, Steven Woodward – Excursion Organisers
By completing the attached Booking Form or requesting that a booking be made (including bookings made subject to credit card payments) intending passengers acknowledge and agree that when their booking is accepted by The Railway Enthusiasts’ Society (Inc) ["The Society"], they, and all passengers included in their group covered by the booking are bound by the Society’s Standard Conditions of Booking and Travel as follows: