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NEW ENGLAND
STEAM TOUR

Friday 11 - Sunday 20 August 2023
Steam returns to the New England region in August with historic former NSW Government Railways steam locomotives 3265 and 3526.

Enjoy 1 to 1.5-hour steam train rides from Tamworth or Armidale stations, or take a one-way trip from Maitland to Werris Creek, or Werris Creek to Armidale.

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


Experience the golden era of rail travel in NSW with us.

STEAM TRAIN RIDES

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Tamworth Steam Train Rides

Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 August 2023
 
Departure times
Departs from Tamworth Station and travels towards Kootingal and return (non-stop): 9.00am, 11.10am, 12.25pm, 1.35pm

Total journey duration
1-hour (non-stop)

Fares 
  • Open Saloon Car Single - $39 per person
  • Compartment (for up to 6 people) - $174 per compartment
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Armidale Steam Train Rides

Saturday 19 & Sunday 20 August 2023

Departure times
Departs from Armidale Station and travels towards Uralla and return (non-stop): 9.05am, 10.45am, 12.25pm, 2.05pm

Total journey duration
1-hour and 20-minutes (non-stop)

Fares 
  • Open Saloon Car Single - $39 per person
  • Compartment (for up to 6 people) - $174 per compartment

ONE-WAY TRANSFERS

For the ultimate steam enthusiast! Travel aboard one of our one-way transfer operations (return travel not included).
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Maitland to Werris Creek Transfer

Friday 11 August 2023
 
Timetable
  • Maitland (dep.) 9:15am

  • Singleton (dep.) 9:55am

  • Scone (arr.) 11.25am

  • Scone (dep.) 12.05pm

  • Werris Creek (arr.) 2.10pm


Fares 
  • $65 per person
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Werris Creek to Armidale

Monday 14 August 2023
 
Timetable
  • Werris Creek (dep.) 8.10am

  • Tamworth (dep.) 9.15am

  • Armidale (arr.) 1.20pm
     

Fares 
  • $65 per person

CLASSES OF TRAVEL

From the moment you step aboard, you'll be transported into the past. Choose from two different seating and on-board service options as follows:

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

ABOUT LOCOMOTIVES 3265 & 3526

Locomotive 3265

Locomotive 3265 entered service as 4-6-0 express passenger engine P 584 in 1902. It was renumbered 3265 in 1924 and was equipped with superheating in 1933. The 32 class became known as the "English express locomotives” due to their origin, although some were built in the USA by Baldwin and others in Australia. 3265 was among those built by Beyer, Peacock and Co. in Manchester, UK. 

 

The 32 class hauled a range of passenger services on almost every line in NSW. With 191 members the class were among the NSW Railways’ most successful steam locomotive designs. 

 

3265’s original livery was black, but in 1933 it was painted maroon and received the nameplate ‘Hunter’, to haul the Northern Commercial Limited express to Newcastle. The 32 class were soon replaced by larger locomotives on this run.  

From around 1960 they were gradually replaced by diesel locomotives, mostly 48 class, but so functional were the class that the last regular steam-hauled passenger train in New South Wales was hauled by a 32 class engine from Newcastle to Singleton in 1971. These locomotives thus outlived their successors – the 35, 36 and 38 classes.  

 

3265 ran for 66 years across NSW and was retired in 1968 after clocking 2,965,840km of service. It still has its original frame, and the cab is stamped with its builder's number. 

 

Restored by the Powerhouse Museum in 2009, 3265 later received further mechanical repairs with Transport Heritage NSW and returned to service in 2019. 

Steve Burrows

Locomotive 3526

Reclassified as the 35 class during the 1924 renumbering program, these locomotives were originally known as the NN class, giving rise to the nickname 'Nanny'. 

Built in 1917, 3526's original number was 1314.

The 35 class 4-6-0 locomotives were built by the NSW Government Railways (NSWGR) at their workshops at Eveleigh. Coincidentally, there were 35 engines in the 35 class. They were intended to reduce the amount of 'double-heading' required for main line express trains following the introduction of heavy, twelve-wheeled corridor compartment cars. 

Teething problems with the new design were overcome by several modifications throughout their service (including re-framing and re-balancing the driving wheels), seeing them develop into solid performers. The original cabs were replaced to provide the crew greater protection against the weather.  

With the advent of the 36 and later the 38 classes, the 35s spent the greater part of their lives on northern services. 

Withdrawn in 1967, locomotive 3526 in that year became the first exhibit to be painted by the NSW Rail Transport Museum, forerunner of Transport Heritage NSW. 3526 is one of the few NSW locomotives to have been painted in blue livery for a time, while hauling the Caves Express services from Sydney to Mount Victoria in the 1930s. Following a major overhaul completed in 2018, it now appears in Brunswick Green livery with red and yellow trim.  

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Steve Burrows

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