How is the Otago Railway and Locomotive Society and the Ocean Beach Railway connected?

The Otago Railway and Locomotive Society (OR&LS) is the owners and operators of the Ocean Beach Railway. The Otago Railway and Locomotive Society was first established in Otago as the New Zealand Railway and Locomotive Society – Otago Branch and in 19XX this was changed to the Otago Railway and Locomotive Society Incorporated.

The Otago Railway and Locomotive Society  governs the operations and activities of the Ocean Beach Railway.


How can I contact you?

Phone: (03) 4552798 – Railway Site
Phone: 0274822895 – Secretary (Grant Craig)
Or Click Here to email us.


Where do trains go and how long does it take?

The heritage trains traverse along the 1km (approx.) demonstration track between St. Kilda Beach and Moana Rua (Second Beach). The railway setting is a turn of the century style railway and includes a 1:50 hill where you can hear the locomotive work.

A return trip along the demonstration track usually takes about 15mins.


Are seats reserved on the train?

No. Normally there is plenty of seating available.


How do I volunteer to work?

We welcome all volunteers, and it is real easy to join. If you would like to join the railway team please go here.


Can I bring a fold up pram or pushchair on the train?

Yes. However they must be stored in the Guards Van (Our volunteers will show you). Due to narrow doorways, they are not permitted to be taken in the carriages. If you prefer they can also be left with the volunteers inside the St. Kilda Station while you enjoy your ride.


How much are the fares and what is your timetable?

Our timetable and fare information is available on our “Fares and Timetable” page – click here.


What other attractions are there around St. Kilda?

Ocean Beach Railway is located right beside Happy Days Mini Gold Course and the popular Marlow Park also known as the “Dinosaur Park”.  The popular safe swimming beach of St. Kilda Beach is only a short walk away.

How many of the staff are volunteers?

All staff at Ocean Beach Railway are volunteers, this includes station staff, drivers, firemen (or women), guards and many others who carry out maintenance and restoration on the railway and the Executive and Operational Committees.


Can the train be chartered for private functions, group bookings or special occasions?

Yes. For more information on various options, please email us.