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“Nostalgia” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fell Locomotive Museum

Fell Locomotive Museum
Corner State Hwy 2 & Lyon Sts, Featherston, New Zealand
06 308 9379
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Palmerston North
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32 attraction reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Nostalgia”
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 not that interested in Railway you could not help but be moved by this piece of history tyhat has been so faithfully preserved.

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Taupo
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123 reviews 123 reviews
43 attraction reviews
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“The worlds last remaining Fell steam locomotive”
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 centre rail for traction and braking. The engine has been meticulously restored and workings demonstrated by raising the locomotive slightly off the track and using an electric motor to operate the running gear. This allows the complex valve and timing gear to be observed in action. Documentation and photos at the exhibition are prolific and the audio visual presentation excellent.

Visited January 2013
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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“A train treat!”
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 your trip!

Would go again - one of the most cost efficient museum trips I've been on!

Visited September 2012
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Waitakere Ladies' Probus Club”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

This small, privately-run railway museum is a Must See. The video about the Rimutaka Incline, the making of the track and the hard lives of the small communities was compelling viewing. It is old footage spliced with new to make it flow, and the joinings are seamless. A fascinating study of The Olden Days and the difficulties faced by the workers and their families. The engine itself is impressive, but not big. The photos in the museum are interesting. The volunteer staff was friendly and most helpful in their elaboration of the engine and the museum. One advantage of this museum is its situation: we had been to Stonehenge Aotearoa, Martinborough, then Featherston on our way to Wellington, so it is an easy place to access, very cheap to enter and well worth the visit.

Visited September 2012
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Upper Hutt, New Zealand
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“Train Buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

A must place to visit if entertaining Train Buffs . Wonderfully presented museum containing a fell engine which use to transverse the Rimutuka Line

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