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The Nelson Railway Society operates a short heritage railway line in the Founders Heritage Park, Nelson, New Zealand.

The society has recovered and now utilises station buildings from a couple of former stations on the Nelson Section, including the Tui Railway Station building.

The society uses a DSA class diesel locomotive on running days, and restored a WF class steam locomotive WF 403. 403 has not yet been steamed nor is in usual service due to its six driving wheels being unable to negotiate the curves of the society's line.

Dsa 262
Dsa 262 outside Tui Station.

The society was originally incorporated as the "Grand Tapawera Railroad Company" with the intention of establishing and operating a line on the original formation of the Nelson Section near Motupiko.

Rolling Stock

Class Number TMS number Year Built Builder Status Description
WF 403 n/a 1907 NZR Hillside workshops Restored but not operational Ex-NZR 2-6-4T steam locomotive.
D 143 n/a 1874 Neilson Brothers Under restoration Ex-NZR 2-4-0 steam locomotive, worked on the Nelson Section with D 144. Leased from Silver Stream Railway. To be returned to SSR August 2019. May have originally been named Trout however this has not been proven.
DSA 262 660 1957 Hunslet In service Ex-NZR 0-6-0D diesel shunting locomotive.
TR 62 275 1950 Drewry In service Ex-NZR 0-4-0D diesel shunting tractor.
Rm 1 n/a 2009 Nelson Railway Society In service Society-built open-side railcar. Seats 14 passengers.
A 173 n/a 1898 NZR Hillside Workshops In service 43' 9" wooden clad passenger carriage.
A 785 n/a 1903 NZR Addington Workshops In service 47' 6" wooden clad passenger carriage.
F 491 898 1928 NZR Hillside Workshops In service 30' wooden clad guard's van.
Nb 527 308 1975 NZR Otahuhu Workshops In service Originally built as a Jc sheep wagon, converted to an open-side passenger carriage by Nelson Railway Society.
Z 647 3968 1962 NZR Addington Workshops Display Wooden box wagon, used for model railway display.
H 1569 1184 1959 Hurst Nelson In service Flat deck wagon, originally built as a cattle wagon.
Nc 1137 5749 1966 NZR Otahuhu Workshops In service Flat deck wagon.
Q 1401 7247 1953 Charles Roberts In service Flat deck wagon.
W 1213 1377 1960 NZR Addington Workshops In service Wooden insulated box wagon.
La 42641 72682 1948 NZR Addington Workshops In service Steel high-side wagon.
Yb Unknown n/a Unknown Unknown In service Ballast wagon. Number unknown. YB 610 is written on the wagon.
Yc 785 1123 1961 NZR East Town Workshops In service Ballast wagon.
Lb 2969 n/a 1890 Unknown Stored Wooden high-side wagon, chassis only. Builder unknown.
Tr 62
Tr 62 with a work train.


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