The Glenbrook Vintage Railway is a volunteer built and operated tourist railway dedicated to keeping alive New Zealand's railway heritage, and occupies a 6km portion of the old Waiuku Branch railway which opened in 1922 and provided a valuable but largely unprofitable service until its closure in 1968. Work began on building the Glenbrook Vintage Railway in 1970 and after 7 years of dedicated volunteer labour and fundraising, it opened to the public in October 1977 and commenced to operate steam-hauled trains between Glebrocok and Pukeoware, a distance of 4.5km. In 1986 the line was extended a further 1.5km to Fernleigh. The extension from Fernleigh to Waiuku is now open to Victoria Avenue, Waiuku which is a further 1.5 km.. The Railway has a stable of six steam locomotives, five vintage diesel locomotives, more than a dozen passenger carriages, a selection of heritage goods vehicles, and the total infastructure necessary to operate a self contained steam railway. Much of the methodology and way of life of the steam era is preserved at the Railway and contributes greatly to the nostalgic experience for the visitor.