Carterton Railway Museum
Te Whare Rerѐwe o Carterton
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Wairarapa Railway Restoration Society Inc.
Porihanga Whakaora Rerѐwe o te Wairarapa
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                  Carterton Railway Station Now                                     Carterton Railway Station 1991

Welcome to the website of the Wairarapa Railway Restoration Society Incorporated and the Carterton Railway Museum.

The society is a community group run by volunteers that works with other groups with similar interests. The society’s main activity is the preservation of the still-used historic Carterton Railway Station precinct. The precinct includes the station building, outlying buildings, the re-located Waingawa Railway Station, the railway yards, and rolling stock. The station currently houses memorabilia of the railways in Wairarapa from the 1880s onwards and items from the local community.

The planned development of the precinct includes the addition of facilities for steam and diesel powered trains and visiting railcars, the building of an archive centre, and recreating the original goods shed that was removed in 1988. The society is also restoring its rolling stock.

Our website is a snapshot of the society and its activities. You will find information about the museum, photographs of our recent events and rolling stock, and historical information about the railways in the Wairarapa.

If you would like to support the society, there are several ways to do so, non-financial and financial. You can donate historical items such as photographs, books, brochures, and railway equipment. You can visit the museum. The small admission charge goes towards maintaining the museum. You can join the society, see the membership page.

The society is a member of the

Federation of Rail Organisations of New Zealand (FRONZ)

Wairarapa Heritage Association

The society is supported by the

Carterton District Council

Rail Heritage Trust of New Zealand

Eastern and Central Community Trust


The annual Restoration Award received by the WRRS in 2007 for its restoration of the Carterton station. The award was given by the Railiway Heritage Trust of New Zealand.


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