Albert Hall

This large building is between Moorhouse station and the NRM turntable. It belongs to Ferrymead Park Co and has been out of use for some time. John Mackenzie has completed an engineering evaluation of the building and it is earthquake safe for public use. We have signed a lease with Ferrymead Park Co to use the building as a display area pending further progress on other buildings.
The Roundhouse Newsletter – March 2020
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Being adjacent to our site and visually seen from the CRS site it will be a good display area for the NRM. Tentative display plans are under consideration and the interior is being cleared and cleaned. Exterior work has already started with the unsafe veranda being removed and that part of the site made safe and tidy.
We will need the assistance of a good carpenter with the internal work on this project. Let us know if you can help.

The verandah and deck has been removed from the side of Albert Hall

The interior of Albert Hall with preparations beginning for working from there.


KiwiRail have joined the National Railway Museum in recognising the importance of the DC class in New Zealand Railways development and have made DC4876 available for inclusion in the Museum collection. The bogie change has been done but after an approach from Dunedin Railways the locomotive has now been removed from Hillside shops and is currently at the Dunedin Railways site. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic Dunedin Railways asked if they could evaluate 4876 with a possibility of leasing her for use on their tourist trains. At the time of this publication this evaluation is still to go ahead but the outcome and future is unknown. If necessary, she can be towed to the Christchurch site for storage

Stage 1 Complete – Turntable Foundations and Retaining Wall

Some time back the turntable was completed but the legal aspects were not attended to. Thanks to diligent work by our Secretary, a Code of Compliance has now been issued by the Christchurch City Council.

This means that we can now apply to NZTA (the Rail Regulators) for approval to use our track and turntable for the first time.

Stage One is therefore now formally and legally complete!

Arrival of T199

T 199 is owned by the Rail Heritage Trust and comes to us from the defunct Waverley Station collection in Taranaki. It is a T-4 subclass built at Addington workshops in 1966 as one of the final stock wagons built for NZR. – Photos by Dave Hansen more “Arrival of T199”

Museum Access Track

Recently the access track to the Museum was laid thanks to KiwiRail staff and members of the Canterbury Railway Society who came along after and laid the ballast. – Photos by Gordon Bartram & George Wealleans more “Museum Access Track”