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Published June 23rd 2013
150 years of history packed into a 30 minute train trip
The Newington Armory, near Sydney Olympic Park, and the site of Blaxland Riverside Park, has a great little tour every Sunday, weather permitting. The tours start at 10.30am, they last about 30 minutes and depart every 30 minutes until 1pm.
The mode of transportation is a small-gauge electric train. This train, complete with a tour guide, chugs its way through the historic armory's 52 hectare heritage site, which is the former Royal Australian Navy's Arms and Armament Depot. Stopping at key points along the trip, the guide imparts interesting facts about the area and the buildings that surround.
The train ride cuts through steep rolling hills, passing by the local wetlands and both through and past the historic buildings dotted along the way. The railway was originally used to move the ordinance of the Navy around, and examples still exist and are part of the tour. Also part of the tour is a run through a proud display of the types of armaments that came through the working armory in its history.
For those history buffs, or lovers of great 1800s architecture this is a great little trip. Even for those without these interests it is a scenic and peaceful train trip through some usually inaccessible land.