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Address: Corner State Hwy 2 & Lyon Sts, Featherston, New Zealand
Phone Number: 06 308 9379
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Excellent restoration

The exhibits are in excellent condition, well restored, and well explained. The video is very thorough in the history and how things worked.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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200 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The exhibits are in excellent condition, well restored, and well explained. The video is very thorough in the history and how things worked.

Thank platypus150
Goulburn and Surrounds, Australia
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63 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful museum that gives a very good understanding of the mechanical workings of these engines and the effort they - and the people that worked on them - put into this region. Well worth a stop to learn more about NZL.

Thank Farmer C
Brisbane, Australia
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Firstly this is a small quaint museum with lots of info about this particular train system and dedicated staff who are passionate about their subject. Everything is lovingly preserved and happily explained. But if you have no interest in trains there is a nice garden to sit in and wait until he has examined everything inside! If you are a... More 

Thank Karen T
Blenheim, Marlborough
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

I was rather surprised to find myself in a locomotive museum, normally it would not be my stuff at all. But this place was fascinating. Start with the short video, all original footage in black and white explaining the challenges of making a rail journey up the Rimutaka incline. The museum has the last remaining engine and a brake carriage... More 

Thank helenthered
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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64 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We were staying in Martinborough and travelled the short distance to Featherston to visit the Fell Locomotive Museum. The receptionist/ volunteer guide was very warm and welcoming and because the museum was very quiet he was able to spend quite some time showing us around. The Fell Locomotive was magnificent, as was the Guard Van which was also on display.... More 

Thank robert w
Wellington, New Zealand
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24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We went with a large family group - grandparents, 3 sets of parents and 6 children ranging in age from 5 to 11. To be honest, the adult females in the group were expecting not to enjoy it, but we all came away with good impressions. Displays are detailed and informative, with many photographs. We spent much time examining the... More 

Thank TaiMarilyn
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Went with my railway crazy son thinking we'd be spending only a little time there, but it was a fascinating museum. The film which puts it all into context is also an enthraling piece of social history. The locomotive and brake van beautifully preserved form a fine centrepiece with fine models, maps and photographs Excellent memento of an important piece... More 

Thank Eric K
Nelson, New Zealand
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51 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

What a lovely museum. Have passed through many a time and not visited. The is was the beginning of several attractions/museums that started tying in the stories of the Rimutaka Incline and how there was the largest NZ army training camp in Featherston and how the trained men walked down the incline to Trentham Camp to set off to War.... More 

Thank LoisMM
Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

We rocked up at 2:28pm and the museum was due to close at 2:30. Keith allowed my 2yo son, wife and I admission to this fascinating piece of history. Keith was very informative which made the brief tour worthwhile. If you are visiting Featherston or just passing by, stop by to learn more about the local history and this amazing... More 

Thank Cameron M
Wellington, New Zealand
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121 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014 via mobile

Having driven past this museum too many times we decided to give it a try. We found it really interesting. The engineering was of interest, but also the insight into the lives of those who operated the railway and the lost township which housed those working on this railway before the tunnel was built.

Thank Nedbedrock

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