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Full steam ahead

MOTAT’S model railway has undergone its biggest make-over since it was opened in 1980.  Our hard-working volunteers have put in new points and alternate routes.  With a fleet of new locomotives under construction, visitors will soon see multiple trains running at the same time.

A new video and display highlights the history of the North Island Main Trunk Line and profiles the main trunk’s most popular and iconic locomotives. 

The makeover brings the model railway into the 21st Century. The engineering feats are only 1/64th the size of the main trunk itself, but they’re no less impressive.  Drop by to see changes to one of MOTAT’s all-time favourite exhibits.