Pahiatua Railcar Centre

We are situated at the Pahiatua Station, two kilometres west of the township and have the restored ex-New Zealand Railways standard railcar RM 31 and are at present restoring Wairarapa railcar RM 5 and twinset railcar, RM121.

We are amongst a select group of railway museums that is fortunate enough to enjoy the privilege of having a railway station and mainline access.



Pahiatua Railcar Society
P.O. Box 67
New Zealand


RM133 Railcar Trust Board
P.O. Box 67
New Zealand


Railway Videos

The Station

When New Zealand was colonised by English settlers in the 1840’s, railways were already well established in many parts of the world. The first railway in Wellington ran from Pipitea Point in 1874 and was planned by the central government to be part of a main trunk railway stretching from Wellington to Auckland.

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A Living Dream

Follow the trials and tribulations as John Murphy and others seek to realise the goal of getting Standard Railcar RM31 back on New Zealand's railway network. Added are archive film clips of previously unseen footage of other railcars traveling around various locations throughout New Zealand along with many interviews. It also details the aims and progress of two other major railcar restoration projects currently underway by members of the Pahiatua Railcar Society.

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Pahiatua Railway Station

Pahiatua Raiway Station is the location of the Pahiatua Railcar Society Inc. and the present Station building is a 1971 built replacement for the original 1897 building which was demolished. This 1971 structure is unique in that it is among the last survivors of this type of wooden structure built for the N.Z.R. Following on from that time N.Z.R. buildings were built using concrete and concrete block materials.

Pahiatua Goods Shed

The Goods Shed, which was built in 1897, is 112 feet long and is one of the larger survivors of its age still in place on any station precinct in New Zealand.



Railcar Storage Shed

The Railcar Storage Shed and Workshop was built by the society and completed in 2001. It has a pit running the length of the shed on one road and a smaller drop pit on the other road. Currently RM31 and RM5 are stored in this building.


Rolling Stock Storage Shelter

The Rolling Stock Storage Shelter is the latest building to be erected and was moved to the site from nearby Pahiatua in June 2002.

photos: Graeme Moffatt


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