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Glenbrook Vintage Railway COVID-19 Crisis Appeal

$28,051 of $450,000 goal
Given by 403 generous donors in around 5 months

The Glenbrook Vintage Railway desperately needs your help to survive, donate now and save our iconic railway for future generations!

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The Glenbrook Vintage Railway is in crisis.

We are facing the most challenging and desperate times in our history. COVID-19 has forced our railway to close its doors, causing us to lose all income and threatening the future of essential staff who enable our volunteers and operation.

GVR was saved and rebuilt to serve the people and recreate history. Over the past 50 years we’ve brought joy and excitement to over 1.5 million people, and we have continued growing and expanding to contributing over $1 million to the New Zealand economy last year alone.

Mass gathering and border restrictions mean that GVR's critical events and overseas tourist charter income may not return for a long time. As a registered charity, GVR relies on this income to cover our essential maintenance and core operating expenses.

With the challenge we are now facing, we need your support more than ever.

Please donate now and save our iconic railway for future generations!

About us

The Glenbrook Vintage Railway (established 1970) runs heritage steam and diesel trains and family friendly events both on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway and around the national rail network.

Use of funds

Every dollar will go towards covering GVR’s essential maintenance and core operating expenses (including materials, day-to-day bills, and staff related costs), which we would usually cover from ticket income.

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Latest update

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Thank you!  12 June 2020

Posted by: Glenbrook Vintage Railway Charitable Trust Board

Thanks to over 600 generous donors, we have raised over $80,000 to support us through the immediate effects of COVID-19.

With your support we will reopen again in September, and we are planning exciting new tours, experiences, and events.

We are proud to be your railway, and we will support the community by committing to restart our trains. It's time for everyone to Unite For The Recovery and Support Local, so we at GVR are working with local businesses and organisations to help you see and support New Zealand aboard our train. Stay tuned to hear about our new and experiences on the national rail network.

Our steam trains on the Glenbrook Vintage Railway will also return, including the Counties Power Christmas Lights - Trains at Night. Stay tuned for details of our re-opening and a special celebration coming soon.

With our re-opening planned for September, we are deep into our essential maintenance programme. This includes inspecting and repairing our carriages, our annual maintenance and certification of steam locomotive Ww 480, and some heavy track replacement and repairs.

Your generous donations have bought us time, and with us gearing up to re-open again in September, we still need your support.

Please donate and help support our recovery and our future!

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Latest donations

Ujjal on 11 Sep 2020
Hope it helps. Please keep it running. A great effort. Why don't you approach various companies to have their Christmas Lunches / Dinners on board.I am sure this will be a good fund generator. Please also extend the route - it is too short. Thanks.
Suzanne on 05 Aug 2020
George on 22 Jul 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit (from the U.S.) in 2019 and hope to eventually come again. Until, here's a little help.
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Brian on 12 Jul 2020

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