Mission Bush Family Express - Celebrating the past and future!

On Saturday 23rd July and Sunday 24th July - Join us for a Family train adventure on the scenic Mission Bush Branch Line as we celebrate the retirement of the Diesel Trains that saved the Auckland Rail Network!

This family event is brought to you by Auckland Transport, Auckland One Rail, and The Glenbrook Vintage Railway.

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Take advantage of half price Adult Fares and free weekend Child Fares from anywhere on the AT Metro Rail Network by electric train to Papakura where Auckland Transport is hosting a FREE fun family event from 9am until 3pm!
At Papakura there will be entertainment, food stalls, face painters and free rides on Sammy the Steam Train - the miniature train for all ages.


From the event site at Papakura, take a last ride on the Diesel Multiple Unit Train operating between Papakura and Pukekohe before they are withdrawn from services as part of the electrification works. Find out more about the project here: https://at.govt.nz/PukekoheTrains

At Pukekohe, you will be greeted by a heritage train to take you for a train ride along the scenic Mission Bush Branch Line and return - this line is not usually served by passenger trains.



This special heritage train will consist of wood paneled carriages dating from around 1910 and steel clad carriages dating from around 1940 and used until 1993.
Diesel locomotive DBR1254 dating from the 1960s and hauling suburban trains in Auckland until 2014 will haul the heritage train for the return journey.

With that you will have traveled on and experienced over 100 years of Auckland rail history!


The Special Train from Pukekohe to Mission Bush and return must be booked online through the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and includes the journey on the AT Metro Shuttle Train from Papakura to Pukekohe and return!

General Admission (Ages 2+) - $20

Train 1 Timetable

Outward
AT Metro Shuttle Departs Papakura dep. 9.46am
AT Metro Shuttle Arrives Pukekohe arr. 10.04am
Special Train Leaves Pukekohe
dep. 10.20am
Inward
Special Train Arrives Pukekohe
arr. 11.40am
AT Metro Shuttle Departs Pukekohe
dep. 11.43am
AT Metro Shuttle Arrives Papakura
arr. 12.01pm

Train 2 Timetable

Outward
AT Metro Shuttle Departs Papakura dep. 12.46pm
AT Metro Shuttle Arrives Pukekohe arr. 1.04pm
Special Train Leaves Pukekohe
dep. 1.20pm
Inward
Special Train Arrives Pukekohe
arr. 2.40pm
AT Metro Shuttle Departs Pukekohe
dep. 2.43pm
AT Metro Shuttle Arrives Papakura
arr. 3.01pm

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COVID-19 Information
Face masks are compulsory on public transport as per government guidelines.

Seating Information
Seating will be unallocated - however there are plenty of seats onboard each special train departure and the number of passengers per train is limited.

Onboard Information
  • Smoking or the consumption of Alcohol is prohibited anywhere onboard our trains, including on any viewing platform, this includes the use or charging of e-cigarettes.
  • Due to the heritage nature of our carriages there is limited accessibility for people travelling with Wheelchairs. Please contact us in advance to discuss your requirements.
  • Animals apart from seeing and hearing guide dogs may not travel onboard our trains.
  • One child under 2 may sit on each adult's knee. Children under 2 seated in the manner do not require a ticket.
  • There are toilets onboard the special train which can be used throughout the journey.
  • Cold food or drink may be brought and consumed onboard the train provided that this does not disturb our passengers and that you take all rubbish and food scraps with you.
  • Normal AT Metro conditions of travel apply for travel between Papakura and Pukekohe

Book now for The Mission Bush Family Express - Celebrating the past and future! - Saturday 23rd July 2022 and Sunday 24th July 2022

Your ticket entitles you to return train travel on GVR's heritage train between Pukekohe and Mission Bush and AT Metro's train between Papakura and Pukekohe.

Limited walk up tickets are available at Pukekohe Station before each train departure on a first-in first-served basis.