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The River City Express

The River City Express

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  • Sun 19 Oct ’14, 8:35am – 9:40pm


Paekakariki Railway Station, Tilley Road, Paekakariki


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult ex Kapiti Stations: $149.00
  • Child ex Kapiti Stations: $109.00
  • Adult ex Levin: $139.00
  • Child ex Levin: $99.00
  • Adult ex Palm Nth: $129.00
  • Child ex Palm Nth: $89.00

Travel with Steam Incorporated North from Kapiti via Palmerston North to the river city of Wanganui enjoying a full day of steam travel. This is one of the first excursions with newly restored WWI Memorial Locomotive Ab608 “Passchendaele”. It will be the first time that Ab608 has ever run to Wanganui.

Ab608 was built in 1915 and in 1925 named “Passchendaele” in memory of all the railwaymen that fell in the Great War. It has just entered excursion service following a $500,000 restoration project by Steam Incorporated. Complimenting the locomotive the train will comprise our red vintage carriages, many with open balcony ends and several over 100 years old.

The train will include a buffet counter selling sandwiches, sausages, hamburgers, drinks and snacks. You are welcome to bring your own food along. In the evening we hope to offer the option of a pre ordered roast takeaway meal at Palmerston North. This is expected to include hot Champaign ham and freshly roasted chicken, gourmet potatoes, roasted medley pumpkin/kumara baby carrots, cauliflower with cheese sauce and gravy. Plus dessert. Cost TBA.

A recent Wanganui attraction is the Tramways Wanganui Trust depot and museum. Here you can inspect the completed restoration of Wanganui tram No 12.

All train seating is pre assigned.

The following options are available at our destination:

Option 1 – Paddle Steamer “Waimarie”
Enjoy a short cruise (approx. 2 hours) on the Whanganui River on New Zealand’s only steam powered paddle steamer. The Waimarie was built in 1900 and is still coal fired. Limited seats.
Adult $30, Child $20

Option 2 – Trip along the Castlecliff Branch
An added excursion along the recently reopened Castlecliff Branch. A short trip with photo opportunities. Approx 1 hour. Special fares for River City Express passengers only. Adult $15, Child $10

Option 3 – Own Arrangements
Do your own thing during our Wanganui stopover. Such as visit one of the cafes in nearby Victoria Street, visit the Sarjeant Gallery, the Glass Blowing Gallery, the Whanganui Riverboat Centre & Museum, and the Tram Barn. You will have over 2 hours in Wanganui.

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