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“Nostalgic steam train rides” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Thirlmere Flyer Steam Train

Thirlmere Flyer Steam Train
Rail Heritage Central | Main concourse, Sydney Central station, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (Inner West)
02 9379 1110
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Ranked #174 of 416 Activities in Sydney
Type: Scenic Railroads, Sightseeing Tours
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Sydney, Australia
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“Nostalgic steam train rides”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

Step back in time with a vintage steam train ride. This is great fun for all those that remember the days of steam and for those experiencing it for the first time. This is a terrific experience for young children to see how train travel use to be, the smile will be on their faces all day. They do have steam trains that run from Sydney to the rail museum at Thirlmere on special days and also steam train rides from the museum on other days.It's a great day out for everyone. Visit their web site for details on when the steam trains operate; www.trainworks.com.au

Visited March 2012
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“Powerful steam train that is awe-inspring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2008

Although the New South Wales Rail Transport Museum's 'Thirlmere Flyer' steam train only operates once a month or so between May and November each year, a trip on it is worthwhile.

Sometimes a large, impressive '38' class locomotive hauls the train, with the famous 3801 featured in the movie 'A Steam Train Passes' being streamlined and decked out in an attractive green hue.

The carriages are normally non-airconditioned with openable windows, and the train includes a part cafe/ bar car.

The train wends its way through the Sydney suburbs in a southwest direction for about 45 minutes but then tackles the lower Southern Highlands. It is great to watch and hear the steam locomotive working hard.

At Picton the train swings off onto what is now a minor, preserved branch line. Passengers soon arrive at the Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre with its extensive static displays of railwayana. On some days there are shuttles further along the branch line to Buxton, but best to check the Heritage Express Internet site as the latter is not an everyday operating feature.

A great day out for young and old alike, and one which attracts family groups. Considering the high costs of operating special trains in the 21st century, fares are not expensive.

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