Steam train rides through the suburbs, 1920s railmotor rides along Sydney’s metropolitan freight lines and vintage bus rides around the CBD, plus a display of historic trains will see Central Station transformed to a bygone era this June 2018 long weekend.
“The Transport Heritage Expo celebrates our state’s transport heritage with the excitement of steam and the return of vintage double deckers to the streets of the CBD,” said Andrew Moritz, CEO Transport Heritage NSW.
“We’re excited to have two steam trains operating through the city all weekend, including newly restored 101-year old steam locomotive 3526 joined by the Southern Hemisphere’s largest operating steam engine Garratt 6029.”
Both engines will kick off the June 2018 long weekend event with a race between Central and Strathfield and return on Saturday 9 June 2018, departing Central at 9.25am.
“While tickets for the Great Train Race are sold out, we still have plenty of tickets available across all our steam train rides and other heritage experiences taking place over the June 2018 long weekend,” said Mr. Moritz.
Visitors will be spoiled for choice during this 3-day event which includes:
Steam train rides
Steam train rides will operate eight times per day from Central to Hurstville and return. Settle back in 1930’s style as the steam engine huffs and puffs through the suburbs for this incredible 1-hour return journey.
Vintage electric train rides
Enjoy the atmospheric lights of our vintage electric train as it takes you on a 1 hour journey from Central, around the City Circle and return.
Take a ride aboard CPH Railmotors from the 1920s. Known as ‘Tin Hares’, this vintage diesel train will be performing round trips of the Sydney Metropolitan Freights lines through Chullora and Enfield over all three days. This is a rare opportunity to see the hidden sights of the Sydney freight lines not normally traversed by passenger trains.
Devonshire Tea Sittings
For something special, customers can step inside 1960s glamour train – the Southern Aurora, for a 40-minute Devonshire Tea sitting.
Heritage train displays
Take a look around the heritage carriages and locomotives on display.
Vintage bus rides through the CBD
For a gold coin donation, jump aboard one of several former NSW Government vintage double-decker buses on a loop around the CBD, departing from the Western Forecourt of Central every 5 – 10 minutes from 10am – 3pm.
The Transport Heritage Expo is open Saturday 9, Sunday 10, Monday 11 June 2018– check the website for more information or phone 1300 11 55 99 to book.
Source: Transport Heritage NSW