Weekend steam-extravaganza

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Lachlan Valley Railway is inviting you to to mark the 85th anniversary of the great Newcastle-Sydney express train. Over two steam-filled weekends Novocastrians will have the chance to celebrate ‘Steam on the Newcastle Line’ by travelling on beautifully restored wooden carriages.

Two steam locomotives, 3237 and 5917 (pronounced Thirty-Two Thirty-Seven and Fifty-Nine Seventeen) will take centre stage over the two weekends along with lovingly restored, 1930’s- era wooden, compartment carriages. Locomotives and carriages are maintained and operated by the volunteer-run Lachlan Valley Railway (LVR).

“The 11th November is the 85th Anniversary of Express passenger services between Sydney and Newcastle,” said LVR Secretary Treasurer John Healey. “We thought a steam trip would be a fitting way to mark that occasion, but with the government’s announcement to truncate the line, this may be our last opportunity to pay homage to the magnificent Newcastle Station.” the organisers said.

The trips that are part of ‘Steam on the Newcastle Line’ will be run on the 8th & 9th and 15th & 16th of November.

Newcastle Line Shuttles – 8th & 9th November: LVR steam locomotives 3237 and 5917 will be taking turns at hauling shuttles from Newcastle station. The shuttles will be run through the suburbs to Islington before turning off the main line and on to the coal lines. From there the trains will travel through the rarely publicly-viewed Port Waratah industrial area and around the ‘Big Loop’ before returning back to Newcastle station after a 1 1⁄2 hour trip.

The shuttles leave Newcastle station at: 10:00am, 11:45am, 1:35pm and 4:00pm.

Tickets for the shuttles are: Adult $25, Child $15, Family $70, Senior $20 and are on sale now through www.lvr.com.au

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