Fascinated by the Industrial Revolution and the early machines that powered the world into the modern economy then Steam Scene is the place to visit. Steam Scene bush tramway and steam engine exhibitions and display is the result of dedicated volunteers ensuring the legacy of early machinery is not lost to rust in native forests. Find out more about historic industrial transport at Steam Scene, Christchurch.
Bush tramway experience
The locomotive in use on Steam Scene experience is New Zealand constructed geared logging loco. Built in 1943 by A & G Price of Thames in the North Island to the order of Ogilvie & Co., Gladstone, Westland it ran on their extensive bush tramway until 1958. Approximately 3,500 man hours have been spent on its restoration over a 4 year period. Weight of the loco is 20 tons and the ‘V’ type engine has cylinders 10” diameter by 9” stroke and the valve gear actuates piston valves. Boiler pressure is 150 psi and approximately 1 ton of coal is carried in the bunker and 450 gallons of water in the side tanks.
Bush tramway is light rail laid in native forest to extract logs from cut locations to a sawmill. A tramway was not permitted to operate after sunset. Originally the rails were wood with sturdy pack horses then iron rails and steam locomotives allowing heavier loads. Tunnelling was avoided wherever possible as the track was usually uplifted after the area it had served was cut out.
Open days throughout the year
Steam Train & Museum OPEN and in Steam on the 1st Sunday of every month during the year, “except during fire ban periods” 10am until 3pm. The Steam Train Operates on both the 1st & 3rd Sunday. During fire bans the Historic Rail Car usually runs instead.
Canterbury Vintage Car Club Swap Meet – Steam train running on each day.
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What is there to do nearby Steam Scene, Christchurch, Waimakariri?
Nearby is The Willows, Waimakariri River Regional Park with great swimming holes, picnic areas and toilets. The area is a designated New Zealand Caravan Association parking area, check out Christchurch top picnic spots – Best Bits for more outdoor spaces to explore in Christchurch and beyond.
Nearby Steam Scene is Orana Wildlife Park is New Zealand’s only open range zoo. The Park has been developed as an open range sanctuary for endangered animals, providing them with enclosures as close to their natural habitat as possible. Over 400 animals from 70 different species are displayed and there are various daily encounters allowing up close experiences with the animals.
Christchurch International Antarctic Centre is 15 minutes from Orana Park. While you would need your own transport the two experiences have the makings of a memorable holiday experience for the kids and family members.
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