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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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There is a membership application form here.

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 May 2017 issue number 166 here

Journal June 2017 issue number 167 here

Journal October 2017 issue number 170 here


Latest News

OETT Telegraph August 2017

September 2 2017
The latest edition of The OETT Telegraph August 2017 is now out. Read More…

Flood Damage in the Taieri Gorge and Subsequent Suspension of Taieri Gorge Train Services.

August 1 2017
 The following information has been received from Nikki Ford, Sales and HR Manager Dunedin Railways: Read More…

New CEO for Dunedin Railways

June 25 2017
Taieri Gorge Railway Limited  trading as Dunedin Railways  has recently announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer to replace Murray Bond who retires at the end of September 2017. Read More…


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