Tokomaru Steam Engine Museum - Tokomaru
Visitors arriving at the ticket office will first notice the museum railway and the original Tokomaru Station. The Station was sold as firewood in 1972, but retained in fitting character for the Museum. New Zealand’s late Prime Minister and former stationery engine operator, Norman Kirk, opened the first section of the one kilometre track in 1973.
The railway was added as a development to the museum at the insistence of locomotive enthusiasts, who felt the collection was not complete without it. Proof of this was gained by the over 8000 people who attended the first Tokomaru Steam Festival in 1973.
Outside, during occasions marked as “steam up” days, visitors will find the traction engine or steam roller collection actually operating. The pride of the collection is, without doubt, the immaculately restored 1904 Fowler traction engine.
744 Takerua Road