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Saturday 6 & Sunday 7July 2024
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The largest steam locomotive in the Southern Hemisphere returns to the Central Coast for one weekend only this July!

Enjoy a one-hour steam train ride behind former NSW Government Railways Locomotive 6029.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to travel behind a giant of the steam era from Gosford Station to the Hawkesbury River and return, taking in the scenic Brisbane Waters and historic Hawkesbury River Bridge along the way.

Travel in your choice of open saloon seating or a compartment for up to 6 people.
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Gosford Steam Train Rides

Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July 2024
Departure times
Departs from Gosford Station to Hawkesbury River and return (non-stop): 9.55am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2.05pm, 3.10pm

Times are indicative and to be confirmed by email one week prior to departure.

Total journey duration
1 hour (non-stop)

  • Open Saloon Car Single - $36 per person
  • Compartment (for up to 6 people) - $174 per compartment
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From the moment you step aboard, you'll be transported into the past. Choose from THREE different seating and on-board service options as follows:

Open saloon seating 
Enjoy spacious seating in one of our restored open saloon heritage carriages.
Private compartment
Travel inside a private compartment for up to six (6) people aboard one of our immaculately restored comparment carriages.


The Beyer Garratt

With a length of 33 metres, 32 wheels and weighing 264 tonnes, 6029 is the largest operating locomotive in the southern hemisphere. 

The 60 class engines adopted a concept developed by H. W. Garratt, whereby the boiler and driver’s cab is in the centre of the locomotive and there are two separate sets of wheels and motion, one at each end. The front engine unit carries a water tank, and a rear engine unit carries the coal bunker and another water tank. The weight of the locomotive is thus spread over many axles. For New South Wales, this meant that these engines could haul longer and heavy trains on lightly-built country lines.  

The last steam locomotives introduced into NSW, the 60 class were manufactured by Beyer, Peacock and Co. in Manchester UK.  The first of the class did not enter service until 1952. The original order for 25 locomotives was later increased to 50; but a change of mind as the advantages of diesels were recognised, meant that only 42 locomotives were delivered with a further 5 supplied unassembled, for use as spares.  

The lack of turning facilities in country areas – the 60 class needed longer turntables, or triangles – meant that by far the greatest use of these locomotives was on main lines. Even then the few turntables on the system with the capacity to turn them, meant that they often ran in reverse. From 1958, a number of them, including 6029, were fitted with a second set of controls to allow the driver to face the direction of travel when travelling ‘bunker first’, denoted by DC -  for dual controls - painted on the buffer beam. These locomotives also had their axle load increased to improve their tractive effort. 

In their main line, heavy haulage roles the 60 class were a considerable success. They were the very last steam locomotives to run in regular operation on the NSW Government Railways; the last of the 60 class ended their service in the Newcastle area early in 1973. They had outlived the first of their successors, the 40 class diesels. 

Locomotive 6029 entered service in April 1954, and received its dual controls in February 1959. It was withdrawn in 1972 having travelled just under a million kilometres during its working life. It was returned to service by the Australian Railway Historical Society (ACT Division) in 2015 and first appeared at the Thirlmere Festival of Steam to a record-breaking crowd in that year. In 2022 it was acquired for the state collection, the first purchase of a steam engine by the NSW Government for more than 60 years.

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