Kingston Flyer steam train will stay at home

It's been confirmed the Kingston Flyer steam train will be remaining in its home town beside Lake Wakatipu.

There were concerns the classic train set might be broken up, after being sold to mystery buyers.

A mystery consortium of local investors bought the operation this year, but the gates have remained closed.

And while there was talk of relocating the heritage trains, it's been confirmed they'll definitely be staying.

Engineer Neville Simpson's been employed to assess the condition of the two steam locomotives and seven heritage carriages.

"The work that needs done to get them done to get them back up and running is reasonably substantial, but achievable," he says.

He's working with a small group of volunteers to clean up the classic train set.

It's hoped to have one locomotive "in steam" by February - the first anniversary of the death of longtime driver Russell Glendinning.

The full restoration bill could run into the millions, but investors are working on a business plan for a new tourism operation.

There's certainly a long way to go, but there is hope that one day the ticket office will again be open for business.