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Thirlmere Festival of Steam

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This once a year event will be a great day
Steam trains are always fascinating to me. They take me back to an era when life was simple and you could sit back and listen to the chug, chug, chug of the noisy engines while smoke poured out of the chimney.

I would term steam trains as nostalgic and now there is a community celebration of steam and nostalgia! This will be in the very quaint village of Thirlmere, which is merely a one hour drive from Sydney.

For these celebrations, this small town will wake up to the appealing sound of the steam whistle for the 30th annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam. The NSW Rail Museum is the premier public places to see vintage trains and all things rail in NSW.​

Since 1975, the historic town of Thirlmere has been fortunate to have this significant rail heritage collection associated with the NSW railways. The NSW Rail Museum brings rail heritage to life through train rides, static displays, exhibitions and education programs.

The Festival of Steam will be a wonderful day out for the whole family and be both unique and exciting. It will be staged by the NSW Rail Museum and the Rotary Club of Picton. The date for this event is Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2019, from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

The NSW Rail Museum will be open and there will be steam train rides, blacksmith demonstrations, driver's cab visits, steam and vintage park, mini-train rides and more! You could take a 45-minute steam train ride along the Thirlmere Heritage Railway. Bookings are essential and you can book at this link. .

There will be more steam action at the museum with several locomotives in steam as well as live steam model engines. They will also have a full-size and miniature steam traction engines, portable engines, and a display of vintage machinery.

And it is not just steam trains at this event as there is much more to do here:

You can take a nighttime photography workshop. This is a popular one which always sells out quickly - tickets include dinner, photography talks and a unique chance to take photos of some of the NSW Rail Museum's steam engines at night. Bookings are once again essential.

On Sunday, there will be the added bonus of a village market with stalls which will have a good range of local products and services. There will be tempting food stalls, drinks, products and more!

The street parade is a popular part of this day and it will feature entertainers, community groups, schools and businesses. The parade commences at 1.00 pm on Westbourne Avenue.

Live performances will feature a varied range of local talent right through from school-age musicians to established singers and entertainers.

Amusement rides and attractions will be on for all ages.

Vintage cars will be displayed on Westbourne Avenue. There will be many local car clubs and enthusiast groups at the festival and a range of vehicles will take part in the street parade.

The entry cost to this festival is free and for prices and to book any of your tickets, click on this link.

There will be five vintage locomotives in steam at the NSW Rail Museum and running along the Thirlmere Heritage Railway during the festival. They are as follows:

LOCOMOTIVE 2705 was built in 1913 by the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds UK for the NSW Public Works. It was built to help with the building of new rail lines.

LOCOMOTIVE 3016 was built in 1903 and was originally used for Sydney suburban services. The Railways were then converted to electric and 3016 was converted to be used on NSW regional lines.

LOCOMOTIVE 3265 was built by Beyer, Peacock & Co and commissioned in January 1902. It operated on the NSW rail system for 66 years until 1968, when it was withdrawn from service after travelling 2,965,840km.

LOCOMOTIVE 3526 was built in 1915 and was a first-class design which was unveiled during last year's festival following a five-year restoration.

LOCOMOTIVE 3642 was an express passenger steam locomotives in NSW. The 36 class was introduced to service in the 1920s.

For more information on this special day, click on this link.
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Why? For a fabulous day out with vintage steam trains & so much more
When: 2nd and 3rd March 2019
Where: Thirlmere, NSW
Cost: FREE entry
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Love the pics finy! Great selection.
by Michael Genrich (score: 3|1649) 439 days ago
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