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Saturday 29 June 2024
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Steam returns to Penrith for one day only this June!

Enjoy a 75-minute steam train ride behind 122-year-old former NSW Government Railways Locomotive 3265.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of steam as we travel from Penrith up the scenic Lower Blue Mountains and return. 

Travel in your choice of open saloon seating or a compartment for up to 6 people. Alternatively, enjoy access to an open viewing platform inside our observation carriage. 
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Penrith Steam Train Rides

Saturday 29 June 2024
Departure times
Departs from Penrith Station to Valley Heights and return (non-stop): 9.25am, 
11.25am, 1.25pm, 3.25pm
Times are indicative and to be confirmed by email one week prior to departure.

Total journey duration
75-minutes (non-stop)

  • Open Saloon Car Single - $35 per person
  • Compartment (for up to 6 people) - $168 per compartment
  • Observation Car Single - $45 per person
THNSW members enjoy discounted fares - become a member today!


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.
Lounge class seating 
Travel in Lounge Class and experience the golden era of rail travel with spacious open lounge seating and access to a private observation deck.



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.

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