Dunedin Railways

2018 Annual Conference - Wellington

Conference information

Where: West Plaza Hotel, Wellington

When: Friday 1 June to Monday 4 June 2018

Host group: Steam Incorporated

FRONZ holds a conference every Queen's Birthday weekend, where key people from member groups get together to network and share their rail and tramway experiences.

2018 Conference venue and programme outline

A brief advance note on our Conference Plans for 2018.

We will be in Wellington where our host group will be Steam Incorporated. Our conference venue will be the West Plaza Hotel at 110 Wakefield St in the city. Selected so we are handy to the night life nearby for those that want to enjoy the social side of our time. So far our plans include:

  • Friday 1 June: An afternoon visit to the Wheelwright Shop at Gladstone in the Wairarapa. Visitors can take a scheduled train from Wellington where we will have a coach transfer us to and from Carterton to Gladstone, followed by return train from Carterton.
  • Saturday 2 June: Conference sessions all day with a free evening.
  • Sunday 3 June: Morning conference session and in the afternoon we will travel by coach to visit some of our members sites (including host group Steam Incorporated) in the Kapiti area.
  • Monday 4 June (Queen’s Birthday Holiday): Coach to the Hutt Valley where we will visit more member sites before returning to Wellington and the airport for visitors to fly home.

West Plaza Hotel - venue for 2018 Conference

Rimutaka Incline Railway - one of many local attractions on the programme

Conference delegates visited the Wheelwright shop Gladstone, where Wellingtom tram #17 is being restored

Wheelwright shop visit, Friday 1 June 2018

Hon Peter Dunne opened the conference with a thought-provoking speech, talking about the importance of lobbying and relationships for the heritage and tourist rail sector.

Delegates at the Saturday morning session.

Visit to Mainline Steam, Plimmerton, Sunday 3rd June 2018

Conference goers gathering for briefing.

Delegates at Steam Incorporated, Paekakariki, diesel electric loco Da1410 on display.

Wayne Mason chatting about boiler repairs under way on Ka 945

On board tram 159, Wellington Tramway Museum

And on Fuducia 260, named after a famous Italian opera singer who visited Wellington during WW2.

Group photo at the beach...

A different view of Ab 608