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 is the founder of the Taieri Gorge Railway and is now the joint owner of the company with the Dunedin City Council. The Trust is an active participant in the operation of the Taieri Gorge Railway with its award winning volunteer members hosting passengers on the cruise ship excursion trains.

The Trust was formed in 1978 but its genesis goes back to the 1950's when the Otago Branch of the New Zealand Railway & Locomotive Society (NZRLS) began running excursion trains both into Central Otago and on other New Zealand Railway (NZR) lines out of Dunedin. The decision of NZR in 1976 to cease operating excursion trains led to the formation of the National Federation of Rail Societies and an agreement with NZR to allow operation of privately owned carriages on their tracks.


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You can contact the Trust's Chairman at this email address:   chairman@oett.nz   and the Trust's Secretary at this email address:   secretary@oett.nz


FRONZ logo3The OETT  is a member of the  FEDERATON OF RAIL ORGANISATIONS NZ INC. known as FRONZ. You can visit their website here.They also publish a monthly magazine entitled JOURNAL,

 Journal June 2018 issue number  177 here

Journal April 2018 issue number  176 here

Journal  March 2018 issue number 175 here



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Volunteer's Lunch at the Millhouse, Waianakarua

June 4 2018
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May 23 2018
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