Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010
Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre will come alive with the sights and sounds of the steam age during the Vintage Train Weekend on 9th and 10th October.

NSW Rail Transport Museum CEO, Richard Mulvaney said “Steam trains fire the imagination and memories of young and old alike”.

“The Vintage Train Weekend showcases our priceless rail heritage. A vintage steam train and classic railmotor will provide frequent rides along the Thirlmere Heritage Railway.” he said.

There will also be historic bus rides; model-train, traction engine and Stanley Steamer on display; refreshments served in a stylish 1960s diner; collectable railway books and magazines on sale; the opportunity to talk to drivers of both steam and vintage diesel locomotives and learn about the controls; talks by the Rail Transport Museum’s Curatorial Group, rarely seen exhibits on the turntable as well as fun and challenging activity sheets for all the family.

Behind the scene tours of the Rail Heritage Centre’s workshop facility, amidst the largest display of historic trains in Australia, will also be conducted.

Mr Mulvaney said 'Vintage Train Weekend uniquely re-creates the nostalgia of a country ‘steam station’ of old with a busy schedule of arrivals and departures providing an authentic atmosphere of coal smoke and steam. It will be fabulous family picnic day and an educational and novel experience for all ages.

Thirlmere is an easy drive from Sydney and the Illawarra. Steam trains will depart Thirlmere regularly between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to the Vintage Train Weekend, steam trains will also operate on Wednesdays and Sundays during the school holidays with regular departures 10.45 am and 2.30 pm..

More information: Phone (02) 9379 1110

Media Enquiries: Richard Mulvaney – phone 4681 8001
[email protected]

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NSW Rail Transport Museum

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) 4681 8001


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