Thursday, July 9th, 2009 - Rail Heritage Centre, Thirlmere NSW

Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre will come alive with the sights and sounds of the steam age during the July School Holidays.

Families will have a chance to steam into the past at Thirlmere on Wednesdays July 15 and 22 - and at the Rail Heritage Centre's Vintage Train Weekend on July 18 and 19. NSW Rail Transport Museum CEO, Richard Mulvaney said 'Steam trains fire the imagination and memories of young and old alike – visitors to Thirlmere will be able to take a ride on NSW's oldest Train, a beautifully restored survivor from the 1890s, back on the tracks especially for Vintage Train Weekend'.

The Vintage Train Weekend showcases our priceless rail heritage - four steam locos and two classic trains will provide frequent rides along the Thirlmere Heritage Railway, there's historic bus and mini-train rides for the kids, and the opportunity to explore the Rail Heritage Centre - the largest display of historic trains in Australia. Mr Mulvaney said 'Vintage Train Weekend uniquely re-creates the nostalgia of a country ‘steam station’ of old - with a busy schedule of steam trains, rail motors and goods trains providing an authentic Wintry atmosphere of coal smoke and steam – a fabulous family picnic day and an educational and novel experience for all ages.

Thirlmere is an easy drive from south west Sydney and the Illawarra. Steam trains depart Thirlmere regularly between 9.30 and 2.30 pm on School Holiday Wednesdays July 15 and 22 - and on Vintage Train Weekend, Saturday July 18 and Sunday July 19.

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Rail Heritage Centre, Thirlmere NSW


The NSW Rail Transport Museum (Rail Heritage Centre, Thirlmere NSW) is an independent, not for profit company, established in 1962 for the purpose of collecting, preserving and presenting the railway heritage of NSW for the benefit of the community.

The Museum has over 2000 members, including an active volunteer workforce of over 300.

Kids of all ages love exploring Australia's largest display of historic locomotives, carriages and rail memorabilia.

Steam Trains operate on the heritage railway from Thirlmere on the first and third Sundays of each month, March to November, and on some additional days in school holidays.

The Museum has saved, restored and maintains in its custody, and on display, the largest and most significant collection of heritage rolling stock in Australia. A large proportion of our collection is owned by RailCorp NSW.
Richard Mulvaney
P: 02 9379 1110
W: www.heritageexpress.com.au

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