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Thirlmere Festival of Steam


For 30 years, the annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam has been held on the first weekend in March to mark the opening of steam season.

The NSW Rail Museum brings rail heritage to life through train rides, static displays, exhibitions & education programs.

​There will be plenty of steam action at the museum with several locomotives in steam & live steam model engines. Plus, don't miss full-size & miniature steam traction engines & portable engines, & a display of vintage machinery.

Forward march! Enjoy a vibrant street parade featuring entertainers, community groups, schools & businesses. The parade commences at 1.00pm on Westbourne Avenue.

This year's festival will feature a broad range of local talent, from school-age musicians to established singers & entertainers. We're excited to announce Missy Lancaster & the Steampunk Vagabonds will be performing live! (2020 details TBC)

Youngters of all ages will find fun & entertainment with a range of amusement rides & display attractions at this year's festival.

View an intriguing display of vintage vehicles on Westbourne Avenue. Many local car clubs & enthusiast groups will be present, & a range of vehicles will participate in the street parade.

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In 2020, the village will spring to life for a day of family fun & entertainment. The festival is supported by a range of local sponsors & is a major fundraising activity for the Rotary Club of Picton, which returns the profits to the local community through a range of grants.

Five historic locomotives will be in steam at the NSW Rail Museum & along the Thirlmere Heritage Railway during the festival.

Locomotive 2705

Locomotive 2705 was built in 1913 by Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds UK for NSW Public Works to assist with building new rail lines.

Locomotive 3016

Locomotive 3016 was built in 1903 as a C30 class 4-6-4. There were a total of 145 C30 class locomotives, with 95 being built by Beyer, Peacock & Co in Manchester and the remaining 50 built at Eveleigh Railway Workshops in Sydney.

3016 was initially used for Sydney suburban services. Following the electrification of Sydney’s suburban network from 1926, 77 of the C30 class locomotives, including 3016, were converted for use on NSW regional lines.

Locomotive 3265

Locomotive 3265 was built by Beyer, Peacock & Co and commissioned in January 1902 as P class No.584. The engine operated on the NSW rail system for 66 years until 1968, when it was withdrawn from service after travelling 2,965,840km.

The reconstruction of 3265 was completed in 2009 by the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS). Since then, the locomotive has travelled far and wide, resulting in the need for a recent three-year mechanical overhaul completed by Transport Heritage NSW and MAAS.

Locomotive 3526

Locomotive 3526 was built in 1915 and is an excellent example of the first class locomotive design and construction by the NSW Government Railways of the day.

Locomotive 3642

Locomotive 3642 is a fine example of the penultimate design of express passenger steam locomotives in NSW. The 36 class was introduced to service in the 1920s, completing long distance main line passenger services with shorter journey times and increased levels of service.

3642 will be in light steam and on static display for cab visits inside the NSW Rail Museum during both days of this year's festival.

Please note tickets are non-refundable so once you buy a ticket the only way you can get a refund is if the promoter has to cancel the entire event.

Package is subject to a minimum combined group booking of 10 people for transportation to be viable.

All times are approximate & subject to change. Confirmation will be made closer to the event.

Transportation from the Sutherland Shire. Other collection points available, although may incur an additional $10pp fee, depending on location.

For wheelchairs & accessible bookings please email debbie@organisedoccasions.com.au & all other enquiries.

Price: A$59.00

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 4:00 pm

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020

Trainworks railway museum
10 Barbour Rd, Thirlmere NSW 2572
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