Join the CRS.

Join the Canterbury Railway Society and be part of the Ferrymead Railway.

The Canterbury Railway Society relies almost entirely on volunteers to restore and maintain its locomotives, rolling stock, buildings, track, administer the Society and run the Ferrymead Railway.
We are always looking for people to help us preserve New Zealand's railway heritage. It doesn't matter if you are not a skilled tradesperson or someone with railway experience, all you need to be is a railway enthusiast and you are welcome to join us. Contact the Canterbury Railway Society on our Contact Page.

Members of the electric department at work on the Main Line.
Photograph by Pete Soundy.

What You Can Do on the Ferrymead Railway.
The Railway needs from three to seven staff to operate trains on a running day. The positions include drivers, firepersons, cleaners for steam locomotives, guards, assistant guards, signal persons and stationmasters. We provide all the training you need to fill these positions.
We also need people to help restore and maintain our rolling stock and infrastructure, track and so forth. Most members wear more than one 'hat' - doing one job on work days and another on running days. You choose what you want to do!

Becoming a Society Member and Benefits.
The Canterbury Railway Society welcomes people interested in trains. Members' benefits include:

  • "Branch Lines" newsletter, published 11 times annually.
  • Free entrance to Ferrymead Heritage Park and free rides on operating days for members and their immediate families.
  • The fun of working with people who love trains as much as you do.
  • Getting up closer to a piece of our history than you could imagine.
  • Full Access to our Members Section on the website where you will be able to read the latest news and announcements, view the members calendar of events, view the latest rosters and much more.
  • The yearly membership fee is NZ$50 for Full Membership and NZ$25 for Junior or Benificiary Membership. If you don't live in Christchurch you may still be a member of the Canterbury Railway Society. We have members spread all over the world. We'll keep you up to date with what we're doing here on our web site and through the Branchlines members' newsletter, and you will be able to log into the members area to join in the discussions, read the latest newsletter and view member information and news. when you do arrive in town, you will be right up to date when you come out to Ferrymead to visit us.

    To print out our application form, please CLICK HERE or to request an application form to be sent to you, please use our ONLINE CONTACT FORM.

    For all membership applications and renewals please forward the completed form with your payment enclosed in a sealed envelope for your protection to:

    The Membership Secretary
    Canterbury Railway Society Inc.
    PO Box 13 039

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