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Heritage Express

#269 of 678 Tours in Sydney
Sydney, Australia
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About Heritage Express
Heritage Express is the tours and events operating arm of the NSW Rail Transport Museum (NSWRTM) — a not-for-profit organisation established in 1962 for the purpose of collecting, preserving and presenting the railway heritage of NSW for the benefit of the community. NSWRTM has been a registered charity since 1971.Heritage Express operates a wide range of rail journeys featuring NSW’s most beloved heritage trains, from Sydney and suburbs, to far-reaching areas of NSW and interstate.
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annoyedlocal2015 wrote a review Mar 2021
Sydney, Australia36 contributions14 helpful votes
A BUSS for Young & Old Arrived at Central Station an hour before train due to depart to watch Steam train arrive with carriages. ,Uncouple shunt down side track then reconnect to carriages.My grandson is a train buff and obtained permission to let him inside the engine to inspect and shovel coal into boiler For a young boy it was an experience to remenber..As the train approached the stations smoke steam and whistle blowing you could see the delight on peoples faces. Arriving at Kiama the train uncoupled carriages then the engine travelled to turntable further down the track.Engine turned around ready for return trip several hours later it was an amazing day for everyone. On return to Central Station no one wanted to leave the station Well worth the experience. great to see so many happy people.Grandparents and grandchildren if interested in trains its a must do.Not cheap, a long day you come home dirty, tired but excited.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Joanne wrote a review Aug 2018
Sydney, Australia18 contributions1 helpful vote
What a lovely experience we had travelling from central to Rhodes then back on this wonderful old steam train. Our 2 children 11 & 6 thourghly enjoyed themselves and also my Husband who is a huge steam train fan. We had our own carriage which was lovely and we were able to sit back and relax. We took our own snacks and drinks so we’re able to eat them throughout the trip which took approximately 1 hour in total.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Bandicoot63 wrote a review Mar 2017
Sydney, Australia19 contributions15 helpful votes
Last Saturday 11/3/17 we boarded a Catamaran from Circular Quay & traveled to Wollongong to return via a steam train. The trip down via the catamaran was interesting, to say the least! We encountered a 2 m swell & as we left Sydney Heads, it was a roller coaster! Sick bags were handed out & used by most of the passengers, myself included! The commentary on the voyage was excellent & very informative, a good distraction. The staff were very helpful & chatty, but busy collecting all the sick bags. Needed a good sense of humor, both staff & passengers! But the view of the coastline was superb, we saw dolphins & many varieties of birds. So glad to see Wollongong Harbor. We enjoyed a lovely lunch of fish & chips and then caught the shuttle bus to return to Central via the superbly restored Steam Train, the highlight of the day. I was so happy we got the catamaran down, as I can imagine how rocky the return trip would have been after having a delicious lunch............oops! The volunteer staff on the train were so helpful & happy to help. Would definitely do the trip again, just hope for better weather!
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Date of experience: March 2017
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chrismSydney wrote a review Mar 2017
sydney23 contributions12 helpful votes
Having been on many historic/heritage rail trips in and out of Australia over the last 30 years,we thought this sounded good. Sadly that's where good idea for the day stopped. We chose the the sail down to Wollongong and train up to Sydney. Late Friday night we received a confirming email with details of Saturday's event, which included that all passengers would receive a map of Wollongong highlighting cafes and spots for lunch. All seemed as though the Heritage Express event was considered and organised. But it was not; it was poorly organised and lacked the professionalism we had experienced on previous heritage rail journeys. Why? Let me explain. As we boarded the catamaran the crew were saying between themselves, how rocky it was out there today and while waiting to depart, a crew member explained as it was rough on the sea today he recommended particular seats to take for stability and then sick bags were handed out. Not very promising for a good sail.It was only when we were leaving the wharf did a voice came over saying if you're prone to motion sickness perhaps you should get off but added 'I don't know what you would do then?' The 2 accompanying Heritage Express 'staff' should have come through the cabin early asking if people would like to leave the boat and offered ideas ( like take electric train to Wollongong but do the steam back to Sydney). We had little chance to leave the boat or ask for alternate arrangements before the boat was pulling out of its mooring.. No sooner had the boat left the wharf than it was announced that there was a 3-4 metre swell but the worst was getting out of the Heads. The swell info. Would have been known well before the boat docked and should have been conveyed to Heritage Express whose representatives should have given that information to passengers waiting at the wharf. Passengers would have been able to make a more informed decision before boarding the boat. Heritage Express representatives were not helpful or informative at all during the day. Many people were very sick during the sail down and the crew was constantly collecting used bags and replacing sick bags. The commentary on board the boat was geographical and referred a lot about his personal experience. We were expected more in-depth and some historical references, like the spot at which Hargreaves took his box glider off the cliffs near Stanwell Tops. If this wasn't bad enough, on arrival at Wollongong Harbour, there were no clear directions on how to get to the shuttle and absolutely no printed instructions for lunch spots. One Heritage Express representative had no information at all on Wollongong. The group was relying on the bus driver for suggestions. Having volunteered for other events, I know not to turn up ignorant about the place or venue. If we hadn't been to Wollongong before, we would have had no orientation and would have wasted the short time we had at Wollongong. The train home, had no commentary of the areas we passed through, no interaction from the staff/volunteers on board and the sun shutters were not on the train, so for 2 hours we sat in the heat and sun, all the way back to Sydney. When booking, we were advised we could not request seats as it was allocation only. Compared to othe historical/heritage rail events we have been on, I could not recommend this event. It was poorly planned, lacked organisation and showed little consideration for the passengers, from boat to lunch in Wollongong and to rail to Sydney. I'm sad, because I love being a tourist in my hometown and love showing it to overseas visitors. So disappointed.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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mje0250 wrote a review Oct 2016
Sydney, Australia1562 contributions136 helpful votes
We have travelled several times on the Heritage train journeys and have find them always fantastic not so cheap but wonderful The last one we traveled by a 3 level huge ferry across the harbour outside the Sydney head and down towards Wollongong and on the way we were privileged to sea wales and on arriving in the port we had a beautiful lunch by the beach with a walk back to the station and got on the steam train for our journey home The train was great with perfect carriages renovated to it's original with a bar/food The staff were ever so welcoming and friendly We highly recommended the trip
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Date of experience: October 2016
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