It’s full steam ahead this weekend for the State’s premier steam event, the annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam.
Over 6,000 tickets have already sold for the event, with steam train rides aboard the State’s rail heritage collection now sold out.
This year’s event features demonstrations from local artisans, a colourful street parade and the return of the iconic Huff n’ Puff race – giving runners the opportunity to race against a beautifully restored steam locomotive.
As part of a local lineup of performers, Chris Sebastian, winner of The Voice 2020 is this year’s headline act.
Transport Heritage NSW CEO, Andrew Moritz, says the team are looking forward to once again delivering this unique and exciting event for a second year in partnership with Wollondilly Shire Council.
“We’ll have at least six historic steam locomotives in steam throughout the weekend at the NSW Rail Museum, including Locomotive 3001 – a 120-year-old steam locomotive that’s recently been restored by THNSW volunteers and staff,” Andrew said.
“In addition to steam train rides, visitors can enjoy driver’s cab visits, steam machinery, live steam models and more.”
On Saturday 18 March, the NSW Rail Museum will be open with a variety of steam train rides, driver’s cab visits, a steam and vintage park, mini-train rides and more. The Family Carnival will take place at Thirlmere Sportsground, with carnival rides and activities from midday.
On Sunday 19 March, the whole village will come to life with market stalls, a street parade including the Campbelltown Camden District Marching Band, live performances, as well as steam rides and other activities at the NSW Rail Museum.
While tickets for steam train rides are sold out, tickets are still available for a range of other activities, including entry to the NSW Rail Museum.