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Bringing the past to life
Take a trip down memory lane this June Long Weekend and celebrate the Queen's Birthday with a Devonshire tea, a steam train ride and a whole lot of nostalgia. Central Station is set to be a hive of activity, more so than usual, for families and transport enthusiasts with both free and ticketed event options when the Transport Heritage Expo rolls in.
Hop aboard one of three heritage trains for a race like no other through the inner west. Simultaneously starting at 9.30am (Saturday 11th only), they will leave Central Station and race from Macdonaldtown to Strathfield before going separate ways to different destinations. Later, after much fanfare, they return to Central between 11am and 12 noon.
It's electric red versus the green steam versus the blue diesel with the first two heading to Clyde and the latter venturing further to Liverpool, the Y-Link and Parramatta.
To be part of this, the old red rattler and steam locomotive 3642 can be booked for $35 per adult, $30 concession and $25 per child (2-16yrs) whilst the diesel locomotive 4001 with Devonshire tea served onboard has two classes – Standard Class with adults at $75 per person, $70 for concession and $65 per child (2-16yrs); and Lounge Class with Open Observation deck at one price of $95 per person. Else stop at one of the railway overpasses or stations on route to catch the race action.
FREE Heritage Train Displays
A selection of locomotives and trains on platforms 3, 4 and 5 will allow you to step inside the driver's cab. Put on your cap and pretend you're in charge or peruse the carriages.
Apart from the Great Train Race, across the weekend you can also take a ride on an F1 red rattler to East Hills and return (1hr 20minutes). Departing from Platform 4, it's the first time back on the rails in over a decade.
Or perhaps you want to climb on the even older steam locomotive from the 1930's and journey to Hurstville and back (60minutes). Then you can and platform 2 is the place to be.
Each of these rides cost $25 per adult, $20 concession and $15 per child (2-16yrs).
FREE Vintage Bus Rides
The Sydney Bus Museum is providing a fleet of double deckers from days gone by, 30 years to be exact. These will operate on a 20minute loop around the CBD and will depart every 5-10minutes from the Western Forecourt (outside platform 1) between 10am to 4pm the entire long weekend.
Whilst these are free, a gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Platform 3 is the place to relax and soak up the Golden Era of rail travel and dining with a 40minute Devonshire tea sitting in an opulent lounge carriage.
Alongside your window you can enjoy the views of heritage trains arriving and departing whilst you devour scones and tea.
Seating is at tables of 4 with pricing at $25 per person.
FREE Music will enhance your mood and hopefully we will hear some train songs like The Peace Train, The Locomotion, Train to Nowhere or The Little Engine That Could.
Whether you love trains, collect trains, travel on trains or not, they're in our lives in many ways. From songs to movies, there's been every kind of train scenario depicted. Remember the movie Unstoppable having us on edge as to whether it would crash and The Taking of Pelham one Two Three with its hostage situation. Then there's Derailed, Burning Train, Bullet Train, Atomic Train, Death Train, The Ghost Train, The Great Train Robbery, Snakes on a Train, Horror Express, The Polar Express, Money Train and Murder on the Orient Express.
So whatever your connection to trains, rattle on down to check out these heritage haulers whilst you can.
For bookings and more information, call 1300 115599 or go online.