Waiuku Branch Line 100th Anniversary

Centenary of the Opening of the Waiuku Branch Railway - Special Trains and Re-enactment of the Opening Ceremony



Waiuku Branch Line 100th Celebrations | Sunday 16th October.


On 5th January 1922, the Waiuku Branch was opened by then Prime Minister Bill Massey, after decades of lobbying, deputations and general agitation for a railway to Waiuku.
To mark the centenary of this momentous occasion, the Glenbrook Vintage Railway will be staging a re-enactment of the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon by a double-headed Ww Class steam locomotive-hauled replica of the inaugural train, and subsequent opening ceremony.

Other attractions adjacent to the Station have been arranged by the Waiuku Business and Development Association, and include stalls, displays, Sunset Coast Big Band, vintage cars and more.

The re-enactment of the ribbon-breaking by Ww480 and Ww644 is timed for 12.00pm Trains will run between Victoria Avenue Station and Glenbrook Station and return during the afternoon.

Date: 16th October 2022
Where: GVR’s Victoria Avenue Station, accessible via the Waiuku Cosmopolitan Club, Victoria Avenue. Time: 10.30am – 2.30pm

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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!


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