Movies for you to Buy
The 50 Km Rotorua
Branch Railway was opened on the 24th
November 1893 and runs between Putararu
and Rotorua. Construction was commenced by
the Thames Valley and Rotorua Railway
Company and was completed by the Public
The last train to run on the line was a
special excursion on the 24th February
2002 and since then the line became
overgrown and many sleepers and track
fastenings have been stolen.
Rotorua Ngongotaha Railway Trust secured
a lease over the whole line in December
of 2009 and have subsequently begun the
onerous task of reinstating it to a
mainline standard. This is a film on the
life and times of the line.
River Rats is the remarkable story
surrounding Robert ‘Baldy’ Baldwin’s long
relationship with the Whanganui river. It
depicts his life from early school days when
he experienced his first trip on an old
Hatrick riverboat, to his time spent
canoeing down the river as a guide, the
building of his two steel riverboats and his
subsequent recovery from a stroke, aided and
abetted by his wife Trixie.
His stroke, happening just as his life long
ambition of owning and operating a replica
riverboat came to fruition, was ultimately
overcome by his love of the river and his
desire to share it with others in the boat
he had recently built.
The film includes additional input from
other people who have had a long involvement
with the Whanganui River and this is truly a
story about modern day river rats.
The 145 ton Ka942, was built at
NZGR’s Hutt Workshops as No. 325, entering
service in November 1940. It was
originally built as a coal burner but
owing to coal shortages during the second
world war, was then converted to burn oil.
All of its life was spent in the North
Island, initaially at Taihape then at
In October 2013, passengers from various
countries around the world travelled with
Mainline Steam’s South Island West Coast
train tour and we went with them. This is
the story of the four day journey from
Christchurch to Westport and back, riding
behind steam locomotive ‘Nigel Bruce’.
There are three rail lines into
Wellington and all come in from the north.
This film depicts one of them from
Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast into
Wellington and was filmed from the drivers
compartment of an electric multiple unit.
It shows the drivers view as he guides a
commuter train over the tracks in front of
It is filmed and shown in real
time as the train travels over the 55
kilometres of very picturesque scenery
along the Kapiti Coast and through the
northern suburbs of New Zealand's capital
This line was built by the
Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company in
1886 and still runs along much of the
original formation. There are seven
tunnels on the line and much of it is now
double tracked although there is still one
single line section along the escarpment
between Paekakariki and Pukera Bay.
Steam Locomotive Ab663 'Sharon
Lee' was built in the Addington Workshops
of the New Zealand Government Railways in
1917 and spent her career running in both
islands of New Zealand until being
withdrawn from service in 1969. This film
covers the latter details of her
restoration and mailine running with a
particular emphasis made on a recent
excursion as the last passenger train to
run north of Napier on the Palmerston
North to Gisborne Railway.
the trials and tribulations as John Murphy
and others seek to realise the goal of
getting Standard Railcar RM31 back on New
Zealand's railway network. Added are
archive film clips of previously unseen
footage of other railcars traveling around
various locations throughout New Zealand
along with many interviews. It also
details the aims and progress of two other
major railcar restoration projects
currently underway by members of the
Pahiatua Railcar Society.
Each September, the small
Wairarapa town of Carterton holds a
daffodil festival to herald the arrival of
The Wellington division of the New Zealand
Cancer Society has for a number of years
organised a steam train to take
Wellingtonians to the festival. .
When New Zealand was colonised
by English settlers in the 1840’s,
railways were already well established in
many parts of the world. The first railway
in Wellington ran from Pipitea Point in
1874 and was planned by the central
government to be part of a main trunk
railway stretching from Wellington to
The story of the Wellington
tramway system started long ago on the
other side of the world. Mass public
transport enabled new factories and
offices springing up in the early 1800’s
to get a ready supply of labour following
the industrialisation of major cities.
Travelling by steam train is now
not done by necessity but by choice. This
excursion travels from the furthest point
east at Lyttelton to the furthest point
west at Greymouth and back again.
This DVD relives some of the romance of
steam rail travel as can now be undertaken
on one of the superbly restored vintage
Cheese to Gizmos
Nestled in the Mangaroa Valley,
just a short distance from Upper Hutt, is
an old dairy factory that was once
bustling with activity.
It still bustles with activity and is much
the same as when it was built in the early
1920's although it's now the home of the
Wellington Vintage Machinery club..
over the Taieri Gorge
international award winning director David
Sims comes this evocative look back at the
history of the Taieri Gorge Railway. We
follow the triumphant return of steam
locomotive star AB663 hauling a special
excursion train as it re-visits this scene
of former haunts in the first ever
helicopter coverage all the way from
Wingatui up onto the plateau to
the Chariots of Fire
From international award winning
director David Sims comes this amazing
story of the now vanishing steam railways
of China. Filmed by John Agnew during his
many trips to the chinese hinterlands, we
visit places where time has stood still,
where steam is a modern form of power and
where men and animals do the work done by
machines in a modern society.
Heron in Wonderland
From international award winning
director David Sims comes this wonderful
film about the magnificent White Heron and
its ancestral nesting site on the
Waitangiroto River in New Zealand's South
Westland. To the indigenous Maori people,
the White Heron, or Kotuku as they named
it, has long been revered as a sacred bird
and has come to symbolize everything that
is beautiful and rare.
Toogood Tales is
presented by a much loved personality
whose career spanned that of Actor,
Broadcaster, Quizmaster and Film Narrator.
Join Selwyn for a trip down memory lane
back to a far different New Zealand.
Selected from films
shot by the National Film Unit which
featured or were narrated by Selwyn
Toogood and with anecdotes from Selwyn and
some of his colleagues, this is a unique
celebration of the New Zealand way of life
before the days of Television.