Picnic train tradition set to be revived

Kiama Picnic Train 2015Those looking to relive the era of steam trains will be excited to hear Lachlan Valley Railway Society
has scheduled a series of Kiama Picnic Train trips.

Vintage steam locomotive 5917, once a regular taking tourists to Kiama during the 1970s and 80s, will be coming to town again. The steam locomotive was built in the US in 1952 and ran in NSW Government service for 20 years. It was rescued from the scrapper’s torch and now operates under the Lachlan Valley Railway banner.

The locomotive will be pulling a 1930s heritage train, featuring open-windowed carriages, ornate varnished wood interiors, traditional NSW promotional photographs and etched mirrors.

The not-for-profit railway preservation society is based in Cowra and is devoted to the preservation and operation of various examples of NSW Government Railway trains.

The day trips from Central will give people three hours to enjoy Kiama before heading back. For those just wanting to watch, the trains are scheduled to arrive at 12.25pm and depart at 4.20pm.

There is also limited opportunity to book a ticket to hop on the train at Thirroul or Wollongong and come down and back for the day.

Details: Sundays – 18 and 25 October; 8 and 15 November
Tickets from Sydney: Adults $65; Cons $55; Child (2-15) $45; Family of 4 $190
Tickets from Thirroul or Wollongong: Adult $45; Conc $40; Child (2-15) $35; Family of 4 $135

It is also possible to book a compartment for 8 people.

Tickets are available from www.lvr.com.au or call 0419 832 238


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