The Sydney Great Train Weekend

The Sydney Great Train Weekend is held on the Queens Birthday long weekend. The New South Wales Rail Transport Museum (NSWRTM) bring a number of heritage exhibits from Thirlmere to Sydney’s Central Station, where they are put on display for the general public to enjoy. The Powerhouse Museum provides steam locomotive 3265 for the display, which spends the weekend in light steam alongside the platform for people to climb into the cab and see a real, live steam locomotive. In a similar vein, 4001 and 4490 are at the other end of the platform, to allow people to examine the first mainline diesel locomotive in NSW. As well as the heritage items, RailCorp provides a CountryLink Xplorer and XPT set for people to inspect. As has been mentioned in previous years, this is an excellent opportunity to show people the new Waratah train, although this opportunity has never been capitalised on.

Not content with static displays alone, The NSWRTM also provides a steam train ride through the suburbs, with 3642 and 3526. The train runs between Central and Clyde over the course of the weekend, delighting young and old alike with a short, but pleasurable steam experience. Continue reading “The Sydney Great Train Weekend”

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Due to personal reasons, todays update has been postponed. In lieu of text, please enjoy these photos from a recent day on the north (we shot two trains, one steam train and one coal train… not bad for a Sunday!)

Steamfest 2009 – Photos

3642 running tender first through High Street Station on a shuttle to Newcastle.
3642 running tender first through High Street Station on a shuttle to Newcastle.
SMR30 running around her cars at Richmond Vale
SMR30 running around her cars at Richmond Vale
3237 leads 5916 and 3830 into Maitland with the 3801ltd Steamfest Special
3237 leads 5916 and 3830 into Maitland with the 3801ltd Steamfest Special

Steamfest 2009 photos are now avaliable on Flickr! Click here to view the whole set.