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Thirlmere Festival of Steam 2018

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by Lisa W (subscribe)
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Steam into train festival fun
Choo Choo! If you've got little (or big) train lovers in the family, head out to Thirlmere this weekend (3 and 4 March 2018) for the annual Festival of Steam.

It's full steam ahead for this train-lovers celebration in the picturesque town of Thirlmere, about an hours drive south-west of Sydney and a few minutes from the apple-picking capital of Picton.

The highlight of the festival is the 50-minute steam train ride along the Thirlmere Heritage Railway. The two 100-year old locomotives will be chugging between Thirlmere and Buxton, taking passengers for a vintage ride through the scenic countryside.

Limited seats are still available on rides on both days, so hurry and book soon.

Back at the NSW Rail Museum in Thirlmere, there will be plenty of steam action going on, including mini train rides, live music from the acclaimed blues band The Blues Preachers, craft fun for kids and the museum's huge permanent display of heritage trains.

This year, there will be country-style activities such as sheep shearing, wood chopping, and working dog demonstrations. Plus there will be a market, carnival rides, reptile show, petting zoo, live music, roving performers and a vintage car show.

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Steamtastic Entertainment At The Festival Of Steam. Image Courtesy from Thirlmere Festival of Steam Facebook

The highlights of the Sunday event includes a variety of market stalls and the old-fashioned street parade with vintage vehicles, pipe band, dancers, performers and lots of local community groups.

Whatever you do, don't miss this steam-tactic train adventure.


Visiting the Thirlmere Festival of Steam precinct is FREE.
Additional activities located within the NSW Rail Museum,
including steam train rides, are ticketed as follows:

Museum only admission:
Adult $15
Senior / Concession $10
Child $5
Member FREE


Museum Steam Train Ride:
​Adult $30
Senior / Concession $20
Child $10
Member $15

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Why? A family friendly festival with trains, carnival rides, music, food and so much fun.
When: 3 & 4 March 2018
Where: Thirlmere
Cost: Tickets prices start from $5
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