Auckland's Secret Railway

The Railway is located at the Peterson Reserve, Peterson Road, Panmure and is open to the public every Sunday afternoon from 1.00 - 4.00pm (weather permitting). The only exception being the long weekends over Christmas and New Year.

The railway is operated on a voluntary basis by the members of the ASME. club. On a normal Sunday the two club locomotives and usually members live steam locomotives pull trains made up of passenger carriages around the extensively landscaped and interesting track. The journey starts and finishes at the station building "Waipuna Junction" and during the ride the train travels the cleverly designed track that gives the illusion of going on a long journey.

Along the way the train will pass through tunnels and cross bridges and negotiate an elevated trestle section. Something to look out for is the large boat pond operated by the Scale Marine Modelers club.

Generations of Aucklanders have brought their children to the track for a ride on the trains and indeed today it is not unusual for family groups of Grandparents, Parents and Children to come and visit on a Sunday afternoon. The ASME railway experience is indeed one of Auckland's best kept secrets.

Train Rides cost $2 per ride or a concession ticket giving 6 rides can be purchased for $10. Concession tickets are not dated and if not used up can be used at a future visit to the railway.

Birthday Parties

Ajax with a full trolley

The club receives many enquiries regarding running the trains for birthday parties for young train enthusiasts, we openly encourage parents wanting to hold birthday parties at the track for their young ones at no charge for the venue.

As the trains and track are run entirely on a voluntary basis by the members of the ASME club we regret that we cannot cater for private parties. The track is only open on Sunday afternoons from 1.00 - 4.00pm (weather permitting). The Reserve is an Auckland City Council park and as such is fully open to the public. There is quite a large amount of grassed area suitable for picnics and family or birthday gatherings. There are a few picnic tables / seat fixtures within the track area.

Train coming out of tunnel

What many parents do for a party is to purchase concession tickets to cover train rides for the young and not so young ones and have a picnic with friends and a cake etc. While we have many trees in the reserve bringing some portable shade is a good idea in summer.

A good idea for parents planning a birthday party would be to visit the track one Sunday in advance.

Keeping in mind Auckland's changeable weather it would be advisable to always have a plan B in mind just in case to avoid disappointment should the weather be nasty on your chosen date.

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