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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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FRONZ logo3The OETT  is a member of the  FEDERATON OF RAIL ORGANISATIONS NZ INC. previously  known as FRONZ.  They also publish a monthly magazine entitled Journal.

There is a link to Journal 2019 Issue 191 here, earlier editions are also available.





Latest News

Ronald Albert Butcher 1937-2019

August 30 2019
The Trust  passes its condolences to his family Read More…

Notice of a Special General Meeting

August 29 2019
A Special General Meeting will be held in conjunction with our AGM on Tuesday the  10th of September 2019 at 7:30 pm at Otago Community House. Read More…

Another Book on Railways in New Zealand

August 5 2019
If you are interested in books on Railways in New Zealand check out this new publication under the "Events" page on this  site. Read More…


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