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Steamfest 2015

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Steam trains running again
With the closure of the rail line to Newcastle Steamfest 2015 will have some new destinations for the steam trains and vintage diesel locos. The trips on offer this year are:

Steam Trains, Xpt, 3 Locos
3 Loco's


Steam Train, Steam loco, 3265.
3265 Steam loco
Head west on this journey for a glimpse of Hunter Valley Wine Country through the towns of Lochinvar, Allandale and Greta. Perfect for those who don't want to be too far from the action of Steamfest as the return trip takes just over an hour.

Branxton excursions are a steam push/pull journey. As there is no ability for the steam engine to be turned around at Branxton, the engine and carriages arrive and depart in the same order. This means the steam engine will pull the excursion from Maitland to Branxton and will then be at the rear and push the return journey from Branxton to Maitland, with the assistance of a heritage diesel engine.


Steam Train, Steam loco, 5917.
5917 Steam loco
Offered as a one way trip, a Broadmeadow excursion is a perfect way for Newcastle residents to make their way to Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest on a historic Steam Locomotive. Alternatively take a trip from Maitland to Broadmeadow and connect to Hamilton on our complimentary shuttle bus.

This trip will give you the opportunity to experience the excitement of travelling by Steam Engine on a short one way journey, from the comfort of a heritage railway carriage.

Special Offer
Combine any Maitland to Broadmeadow or Broadmeadow to Maitland excursion with a return journey for the same ticket type on the same day and receive $4.00 off the return trip. Tickets must be purchased in the one transaction.


The highlight of the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest program, taking place on Sunday the Great Train Race features two steam engines running parallel together whilst racing a Tiger Moth aeroplane. Your 3 hour journey will start in Maitland for the relaxed trip into Broadmeadow, ahead of the action packed race back to Maitland.

The Great Train race, Steam locos, steam race, two loco's
The Great train race


Steam Train, Steam loco, The oil boy.
The oil boy
For the real Steam enthusiast, go on an excursion through Port Waratah Coal Services, a new trip for Steamfest 2015. Your journey will start in Maitland enroute to Broadmeadow, Morandoo, Port Waratah before heading west back to Maitland. The return trip will take approximately 3 hours.

This special excursion will be pulled by steam locomotive 3237.

But steamfest is not just about the trains. The rally ground next to Maitland Railway station will also be a hive of activities. There is something there for the little ones all the way to the big kids who never grow up!

Entry to the Rally Ground is $2.00 for adults and children under 16 are free.

The Rally Ground offers visitors to Steamfest the chance to experience a range of activities, displays, demonstrations and heritage steam machinery.

This includes:
Traction Engines
Road Steam Machinery
Mini train rides
Vintage Machinery
Model Cars, Trucks and Machinery


Kids Adventure Land located at the Rally Ground is the perfect spot to take the little ones at Steamfest. Kids will be able to enjoy loads of activities including face painting, coal shovelling, balloon sculpting, plaster painting, a jumping castle and much more!


The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (previous known as the Powerhouse Museum) will be conducting a suite of programs over the weekend at the Rally Ground. These shows include:

Full Steam Ahead Science Show - This engaging presentation for children explores the science behind steam. Find out how steam under pressure can be used to power steam engines and provide electricity.

Science shows will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10.00am, 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm and 2.00pm. Each session goes for approximately 20 minutes

Marvellous Machines Discovery Station - Learn about the inner workings of machines that make our lives easier. Handle selected props & models that illustrate mechanisms inherent in all mechanical objects.

Steam Revolutions Discovery Station - Learn about the inner workings of a steam engine through props and models you can touch and hold.

Discovery Station sessions will take place on Saturday and Sunday at 10.30am and 1.00pm and are one and a half hours long.

How about a bird's eye view of Steamfest.

Heliservices Helicopter Scenic Flights will be offering visitors the chance to see Steamfest from the sky with flights over the event site and surrounding suburbs, including Rutherford, Lorn, East Maitland, Green Hills and beyond.

Flights run on Saturday from 11.00am to 4.00pm and on Sunday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Each flight can take up to four passengers at a time. Tickets are $60 per person, with family rates available.

You just can't have a event like this without some markets and Steamfest is no different

In 2015, Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest will have over 100 exhibitors offering a range of products and dining options. With so many to chose from you will be sure to uncover a treasure or find something delicious to eat during the event.

Also don't forget to visit the Steamfest merchandise tent where you can pick up a range of Steamfest souvenirs to remember the fun you had.

Why not discover some of the other attractions around Maitland that are on with Steamfest.


The Maitland & District Historical Society will offer Steamfest visitors the opportunity to learn more about the history of Maitland and the significance of the railway to the local area. There will be tours departing at 11.30am and 2.00pm on both Saturday and Sunday, members of the society will lead Maitland Railway Station Precinct Heritage Walks. These walks will be half an hour in duration at a cost of $6 per person, which will include a printed brochure.

In addition to the Walking Tours the Historical Society will also offer local area information, advice on historical points of interest and will have a series of publications available for purchase.


Bell Tower Tours - 10.00am - 3.00pm daily
St Mary's Church famous Devonshire teas
Best scones in town
BBQ in the church grounds daily
Vintage motorcycle display in the church grounds daily

On the Sunday why not head over to Maitland park just over the road from Maitland Station for the Autobarn Show N Shine.

Percy, Vintage Car, Show Car, car show n shine.

With around 600 vehicles on display. The Show 'n' Shine will be held on Sunday 19 April 2015 in Maitland Park. Public entry is free and gates open at 9am.

The Show 'n' Shine is run by the Maitland Street Rodders, entry fee is $5 per vehicle with proceeds being donated to Firstchance which operates both Early Childhood Intervention and School Aged Programs.

After a big day at Steamfest what better way to relax than to head to the Grand Junction Hotel. There will be live music from 4.00pm in the beer garden daily both Saturday and Sunday.
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Why? Steam trains
When: 18th and 19th of April
Where: Maitland
Cost: From free
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