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Fell Locomotive Museum

Corner State Hwy 2 & Lyon Sts, Featherston, New Zealand
06 308 9379
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Type: Museums, Specialty Museums
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

An excellent Railway Museum showing the famous fully restored ‘Fell’ loco and brake-van used on the 3 rail Rimutaka Incline, New Zealand’s steepest railway line in use from 1878 to 1955. The Museum is excellent with model displays of the two railway towns at each end of the incline, where the trains were assembled or deconstructed There is also a... More

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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97 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

If you are in the region this is a must see particularly if you have come over the mountains from Wellington. This unique little museum has some wonderful memorabilia including some fantastic archive film of the times these unique trains used to haul coaches and passengers over the mountains. Fascinating system of geared drive system and heavy brake trucks. If... More

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Featherston, New Zealand
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

If you are into Trains or anything mechanical , this is a must see. Only one of its type left in the world

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96 reviews 96 reviews
24 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

The centrepiece of this small museum is the last of the strange hybrid steam engines that used to climb the nearby pass over to Wellington. Born in the Victorian age these little engines were still running a hundred years later. The unique mechanism for gripping the third rail is simply explained as is the matching device to slow the thing... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

A great place to stop after the trip over the hill. This little museum is packed with interesting objects and stories as well as the fell engine. Just beside the main road. Such a pity not to stop. Well worth it. A real little gem.

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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Rather insignificant outside and although have passed it many times never went in but found it very interesting and informative. Well worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
36 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

We had not intended visiting this museum. When talking with a guide at the nearby Cobblestone Museum about the twisting road between there and Wellington, he explained that it used be much worse and for years they depended solely on a railway that went over those same mountains. The mountains were so steep that normal trains would not work and... More

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Palmerston North
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Together with friends and Enginedrivers we decided to do the Cross Creek walk which goes over the old track where the Fell Locomotives worked. At Featherston we found the museum was closed but rang a number & it was opened especially for us. The person was most helpful & informative & started the display for us. Even if you are... More

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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I have no interest in trains so didn't go but my husband did and loved it and insisted I put in this report so below are his thoughts about the place. This fine example of British locomotive manufacture was designed to be added to a goods train to get it safely up or down the Rimutaka incline using a 3rd... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We were in the Wairarapa region, travelling to Wellington - what a great stop! It's interesting - whether you are a train enthusiast or not! Lots to learn, a great little video running over the history & great helpful staff who are obviously passionate about what they do! Lots of little treats to purchase too as a wee momento of... More

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