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Experience a steam train in action
For me there is something nostalgic and a little romantic about a ride on a steam train. As you sit in the old-fashioned leather seats the motion of the carriage gently rocks you from side to side. You can feel the wind in your hair from the open windows and hear the puffing of the steam train as it chugs along. These sights and sounds all transport you to another era, when steam engines ruled the rails.
You too can experience the sights and sounds of this bygone era with a steam train ride at Bathurst Steam Shuttles.
On the weekend of 4th - 5th June 2016 you can jump aboard a historic steam train. But it is not just any old steam train, it is the largest operating steam locomotive in the Southern Hemisphere - the Beyer-Garratt 6029.
First built in the 1950's, the Beyer-Garratt 6029 operated for nearly thirty years in NSW and the ACT. On its retirement it was donated to the Canberra Railway Museum but was in a state of disrepair. In a labour of love it has been restored by volunteers from the Australian Historical Railway Society and is now operational once again.
Experience the magic of a steam train (Image Credit: Canberra Railway Museum)
Presented by the Canberra Railway Museum, you can experience the romance and nostalgia of a steam train journey through the countryside of the Central West. Bathurst Steam Shuttles will depart from Bathurst Train Station and travel to the following locations and return:
Saturday 4th June
9am - to Newbridge 11.30am - to Newbridge 1pm - to Murrobo
3.20pm - to Newbridge
Sunday 5th June
9.25am - to Newbridge 11.25am - to Newbridge
12.55pm - to Murrobo
3.15pm - to Newbridge
The return journey will take approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Travel through the countryside of the Central West (Image Credit: Destination NSW)
Tickets cost $30 per Adult and $20 per Child (3 - 16 years) A family ticket is available for $80 for 2 adults and 2 children. Children under 3 are free but must sit on the lap of a parent. All ticket prices cover the return fare.
To download the Bathurst Steam Shuttles flyer click here:
You can book your tickets in advance by clicking here. Alternatively you can purchase tickets from the platform at Bathurst Train Station on the day.
Bring the family along for some old-fashioned fun on a historic steam train at the Bathurst Steam Shuttles - you will be on track for a fun day out.
*Bathurst Train Station is located on Keppel Street, Bathurst.