Glenbrook Vintage Railway

The Glenbrook Vintage Railway is a heritage steam railway in Glenbrook, rural South Auckland. The line and its fleet is a true inspiration for any rail or history enthusiast.

The railway runs over 7.5km between Glenbrook and the rural township of Waiuku. There are three level crossings and the total trackage including sidings, crossing loops, and yards is 10.2km.

The railway is run by a trust, founded in 1970, to preserve, rebuild, and operate the old Waiuku Branch Railway between Glenbrook and Waiuku.

Passionate volunteers have fundraised to acquire locomotives and carriages from around the country and cleared the overgrown railway line using machetes. The fully working railway you see today is a testament to the vision, dedication, and hard work of these founding members.

The Glenbrook Vintage Railway Fleet includes 87 rail vehicles and looks after 22 externally owned vehicles. This fleet includes seven steam locomotives, eight diesel locomotives and 32 carriages.

One steam locomotive, four diesel locomotives and 17 carriages are in operation on the line. The oldest vehicle is a six-wheel hand crane from 1878, with the newest vehicle a guard’s van from 1981.