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Tourist Steam Trains?

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Tourist Steam Trains?

I have a passion for trains. I discovered that the Zig Zag Railway in Lithgow is currently not in operation. :-(

Is there any other such railways in NSW?

I was contemplating of taking a return train trip between Hornsby to Woy Woy or Gosford as I understand it is quite a scenic route? Is this correct?

Edited: 9:30 pm, January 08, 2013
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1. Re: Tourist Steam Trains?

Most steam trains won't operate during the summer months in Australia due to the risk of starting a bushfire. When did you want to go?

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2. Re: Tourist Steam Trains?

You'd probably enjoy a visit to the rail transport museum, whether or not they are running trains.

http://www.nswrtm.org/

3801 do the Cockatoo run, and some tours.

http://www.3801limited.com.au/

Canberra has a train museum, and runs regular trips and specials.

http://canberraheritagerail.org.au/arhs-act/

The route to Woy Woy is scenic and easy to catch. You can have lunch at Woy Woy, or stop at the Hawkesbury, or even disembark at Wondabyne - a tiny train station right on the water that you can only get to by rail. Quite a curiosity.

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3. Re: Tourist Steam Trains?

While not a train this is another option and is relatively easy to get to.

www.sydneytramwaymuseum.com.au/seeanddo.html

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4. Re: Tourist Steam Trains?

There is also the Thirlmere Rail Transport Museum which runs a steam train from Thirlmere to Picton every Sunday.

http://www.nswrtm.org/events/index.html

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5. Re: Tourist Steam Trains?

Hi Frommy,

that is the one in Inas first link (it was my first thought too)

Illawarra is open too but it is harder to get to

http://www.ilrms.com.au/opening_times.htm

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6. Re: Tourist Steam Trains?

Gosford waterfront is quite nice and is walkable. It's further than Woy Woy on the train and a lot busier as well. I find Woy Woy to be too boring ;-) After all, Spike Milligan called it the largest above ground cemetery in the world! :-)

The trip from Hornsby is very scenic as the train meanders around the Hawkesbury River and then around Brisbane Water once you get past Woy Woy.

Gosford itself has shops, the Central Coast Leagues Club, Monty's fish and chip shop with a park at the front to sit and eat your meal. It's good for a day trip on the train.

Also consider the cruises around Brisbane Water from Gosford waterfront.

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7. Re: Tourist Steam Trains?

Aynat62 has their opinion, but I, personally, can't think of anything more dismal than getting off at Gosford station. A Leagues Club, commercial empty buildings, and a carpark don't do it for me. Gosford city centre may have had something once, but the shoppers have gone to the malls, and the beachgoers have gone to Terrigal et al. Quite a shame.

Woy Woy has a nice cafe, and a couple of nice restaurants, and a few crafty places. Sure, probably not the excitement for a full day out, but it is a neat place to catch the train too if you are in it for the train trip.

If you are thinking train trips, then Kiama (heading south on the Illawarra) is a nice one too.

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8. Re: Tourist Steam Trains?

inas already mentioned the 3801, but it looked a little dwarfed in her reply. They do operate during the summer and it's a terrific train.

http://www.3801limited.com.au/aboutus.htm

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9. Re: Tourist Steam Trains?

Here is the current situation around Sydney.

Zig Zag Railway at Lithgow are well advanced to be back in operation this July. www.zigzagrailway.com au

Majority of mainline steam tours are operated by the NSWRTM www.heritageexpress.com.au

Steam does not normally operate during the summer so tours before 1 March each year are likely to be hauled by heritage diesel units.

3801limited's tours are mostly diesel hauled but sometimes they have steam. You need to watch their website www.3801limited.com.au

There are other heritage operators but they tend to be specialised and irregular. The Rail Motor Society and LVR being 2.

A visit to the Tramway Museum at suburban Loftus is well worthwhile. They operate at weekends and on wednesdays.

The train journey to Gosford is well worth doing. While Gosford holds nothing of interest except lunch at the Central Coast Leagues Club you can easily return to Woy Woy. I strongly advise do not cut the journey short at Woy Woy because the extra section to Gosford has its own attractions.

Also recommended is a day trip to Kiama on the south coast. This is an entirely different coastal experience.

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10. Re: Tourist Steam Trains?

Thanks guys for all the information. Will research and see how I can fit them into my itinerary.

@LesS_10

hmmm....I will be doing the Grand Pacific Drive up to Kiama Blowholes on Fri 15-Mar, but you mentioned that the Trams at Loftus only operate on weekends and wednesdays only?

I am likely to do the Hornsby to Gosford on Thu 14-Mar. Thank you for confirming that I should go all the way to Gosford. But as I am coming back from Port Stephens to Sydney, should I do Gosford to Hornsby (return) instead? I will park the car at Gosford railway station for a couple of hours?