STEAM EXTRAVAGANZA - Another Steam Extravaganza is already being planned for April 2016, go to our contact us page if information is required.

Steam train with passengers

History of Steam Scene

The Society was formed in 1968 to bring together all those interested in steam driven machinery of all types and in preserving and exhibiting such machinery. A large Traction Engine Rally and Steam Exhibition was held at Templeton in 1969 and shortly after it was decided to seek suitable land to form a “home” for the society and to enable a permanent operating steam museum to be set up. At this time the North Canterbury Catchment Board (now Environment Canterbury) was opening up McLeans Island as a recreational area and the society was fortunate in obtaining the lease of the 30 acres of land you see today.