The Sunset Coast Express

Step onboard our lovingly restored heritage coaches, hauled by steam locomotive Ja1271. Settle into your seats to enjoy this special trip from Auckland City through to Waiuku to join in the GVR's 100 year celebrations and return.

Jump on board with the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and Steam Incorporated as we join forces and celebrate 100 years of the Waiuku Branchline – where the GVR is based – and Steam Inc celebrates its 50th anniversary!
Glenbrook Vintage Railway have teamed up with our Wellington based friends at Steam Inc to bring to Glenbrook their resplendent Ja1271, for a number of joint trips in Auckland & the Waikato.
So hop on board as we step back in time – to how rail travel used to be – and experience steam on the main line.

The Sunset Coast Express | Auckland City to Waiuku and Return.

Catch a steam train to the sunset coast! 

Join us on this one-off trip from Auckland City to Waiuku behind Ja1271 and join with the GVR in celebrating the 100th Year Anniversary of the Waiuku Branch Line - 1922 to 2022. 

Our steam trip today starts in Auckland, Originating from The Strand Station. Other passenger stops include Panmure, Otahuhu, Papatoetoe and Papakura. 

Once you have arrived at Glenbrook Station you join the Glenbrook Vintage Railway's network for the trip down to Waiuku. 

At Waiuku you can join the festivities and take in the activities in the area. For those who want, you can explore the town before your return journey. 

Departing Waiuku early afternoon, you head back along the Waiuku Branch Line, having learnt about all its history earlier in the day. At Paerata we rejoin the North Island Main Trunk before heading into town to drop all our passengers off after an exciting day on the sunset coast!

An exciting day out behind a steam loco through the countryside - suitable for the whole family!


Passenger stops: The Strand, Panmure, Otahuhu, Papatoetoe & Papakura.

Adult $75 | Child (2-14) $45



The Strand
dep. 9.20am
Panmure dep. 9.35am
dep. 9.52am

dep. 2.30pm
arr. 3.40pm
The Strandarr.4.35pm

Waiuku 100 Year Celebrations | Sunday 16th October

Join the GVR as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Waiuku Branch Line!

Those travelling on the train from Auckland will get to travel the full length of the original branch, from Paerata to Waiuku and return. 

Keep an eye out on our dedicated event page for more information on the day's activities. Follow the link here

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COVID-19 Information
As this is a pre-booked allocated-seating tour, face coverings are not compulsory but are strongly encouraged. For more info see the official NZ Government COVID-19 website.
In the event that the NZ Government or its agencies prevent the operation of this tour taking place due to COVID-19, refunds of fares paid (net of outgoings made from those fares) may be made by GVR upon written application being received from booked passengers.

Seating Information
We aim to seat passengers from the same booking together. You will be allocated at least one window seat for bookings of 2 or more (subject to availability). Where possible, seats will be turned to face the direction of travel (pairs and singles) or to face each other (groups). If you are travelling with people on a different booking or have another specific request then please email us as soon as possible at [email protected] and we will try and accommodate your request the best we can. Your allocated seat and carriage details will be on your boarding pass which will be emailed to you at least 2-3 days before your departure date.

Onboard Information
  • Smoking or the consumption of Alcohol (not served by your train crew) 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.
  • Only the named passengers on your booking will be allocated seats. 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 our 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.

Book now for The Sunset Coast Express - Sunday 16th of October 2022

Your ticket includes return train travel.

This Trip is SOLD OUT - check out Auckland Steam Supreme on Saturday 15th of October