Western Endeavour 50th Anniversary


This weekend marks 50 years since the Western Endeavour departed Sydney for its epic journey west to Perth, on 22 August 1970.


People in their hundreds and thousands gathered to witness the train as it made its way through cities, towns and rural communities across the country.


The journey made a legend of locomotive 3801, becoming the first steam locomotive to travel across the Australian continent, assisted by 3813.


To celebrate this historic occasion, THNSW has proudly produced a video featuring stories from our very own members involved in the journey, along with rarely seen archival footage from the ABC.

You can read more about the Western Endeavour journey across Australia in the latest edition of Roundhouse magazine, on sale now at the NSW Rail Museum online store.

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