The Plains Railway & Historical Museum

The Plains Vintage Railway & Historical Museum is home to a range of exhibits, including Vintage Steam Locomotives, Tractors, Implements, Stationary Engines along with a quaint Museum Village to take a glimpse of Mid Canterbury's pioneering past.


Free Entry
Free Entry


Our Museum site is located on Maronan Road, Tinwald, Ashburton - the carpark entrance is opposite RX Plastics. We are situated beside the picturesque Tinwald Domain, complete with pond and playground.
Entry is via Donation. Open Days are held between September and June with an operating loco, view our website for further detailed information. Volunteer Working Members can be found on-site almost daily - who will provide a tour of interest around the site. Our vast collection of Steam and Diesel Shunting Locomotives, Railcar and Freight Wagons is not to be missed for any Heritage Railway Enthusiast. Our unique Rural History display includes Tractors, Implements and a Buckeye Triple Expansion Engine show Ashburtons pioneering past.

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Physical address

Maronan Road, Ashburton, Ashburton, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
11am - 4pm on Open Days
Months of operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

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