The Ocean Beach Railway (OBR) is a heritage railway that operates in Dunedin, New Zealand. It is located between John Wilson Drive in the suburb of Saint Kilda and sports grounds near Forbury Park Raceway, and runs parallel with the city's main beach, Ocean Beach. This is near where the Ocean Beach Branch once ran, but not on the same formation.
The OBR can claim three notable distinctions. The first is that it was the first organisation to preserve a steam locomotive in New Zealand with the intention of operating it. The second is that it was the first operating heritage railway in New Zealand, with the first train running in 1963. The third is that it possesses A 67, a member of the 0-4-0 A class of 1873 built by Dübs & Co., and it is currently the oldest operational locomotive in New Zealand.
The OBR possesses numerous historic passenger carriages, an assortment of freight wagons, and a hand crane. They have the only serviceable example of a 43' passenger carriage, along with another 43' carriage, a D Class carriage and a Vice Regal car amongst their stored carriages. Ocean Beach is well renowned for its active restoration of freight rolling stock, some examples of which are very rare and have earnt the railway numerous restoration awards. The railway also has a hand crane, and restoration work on the crane earned the OBR a Rolling Stock Award from the Federation of Rail Organisations NZ. The Ocean Beach Railway is one of very few railways in New Zealand which can produce an accurate late 19th century period train.
The Ocean Beach Railway has traditionally operated a summer schedule with services every Sunday. In 2006, the OBR commenced operating a reduced winter schedule, featuring services on the last Sunday of every month. The society also runs a popular 'Friends of Thomas' weekend once a year. Faces are placed on engines in the Thomas the Tank engine style. Trains are operated by a mix of steam and diesel locomotives. Currently A67, the Kerr Stuart and DSA 252 are used. Most restoration work takes place on Saturdays and visitors are welcome to view the workshops and restoration work in progress.