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Published November 3rd 2013
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The Richmond Vale Steam Railway is a great day out for the family.
When you first pay your admission you are given an old fashioned rail ticket to enter, this is a great nostalgic gift for anyone who remembers these tickets from the past, or a fun way to show the kids what rail tickets used to look like.
We held a child's 2nd birthday party here and it was perfect fun for all ages with great areas to hold party games and plenty of space as to not annoy other people visiting the railway.
On days without fire bans the Richmond Vale runs their steam train which takes you on a return trip to Pelaw Main (just outside of Kurri Kurri NSW), if there are fire restrictions they still run non-steam trains. The trip takes under an hour and with only one daily admission fee you can ride the train as much as you like.
There are also mini trains that run especially for the kids for an extra coin donation and plenty of green grass shaded by large trees for picnic lunches; Richmond Vale Railway can supply food for events for extra convenience.
The Railway museum located on the premises is where you can find out the history of the area as well as Australian railway history.
Sometimes the Richmond Vale Railway holds special fun days and other events but usually it runs the first three Sundays of each month and all school holiday Sundays. It is maintained by volunteers with their website stating it was "formed in 1979 with the aim of preserving the Railway and Mining Heritage of J&A Brown and the Hunter Valley."
Admission is free for kids under 5, kids 5-15 are $7, Concession is $10 and adults are $15. If you contact them in regards to a party you may get an adult discount for larger groups.
I highly recommend the Richmond Vale Railway if you enjoy combining steam trains, history and family fun together.
Check out their website for further information or special events.