Steam Train Journey

  • Steam train on tracks
  • Interior of steam train
  • Steam train on tracks
  • Close up of steam train's Passendaele name
  • Steam train going past
  • Steam train on tracks

Steam Train Journey

Cruise ship passengers are invited to join us on a majestic steam train ride from a bygone era. The WWI Memorial steam locomotive was built in 1915 and later named the “Passchendaele”, in memory of the famous 1917 Battle of Passchendaele. 2017 is the centenary anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. The steam train consists of carriages from the same WW1 period.

Departure is from Picton Railway Station which is conveniently located across the road from the cruise ship shuttle drop off point or from Blenheim Railway Station - next to the i-Site information centre. The 50-minute journey between Picton and Blenheim includes the challenging climb out of Picton on a 1-in-37 slope, the fourth steepest rail in New Zealand.

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Tour Overview

4-6 hours
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Prices vary - please see the tour options above

1 December 2017 - mid-April 2018
Vintage steam train

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