South Maitland Railways to celebrate anniversary with open day
South Maitland Railways will celebrate two massive anniversaries next month by throwing open the doors to the East Greta Junction yard and offering rides in historic steam locomotives.
Once an extensive network of private coal and passenger train lines, these days South Maitland Railways (SMR) owns and operates almost 25 kilometres of open access private railways.
2018 marks 100 years since Hebburn Ltd and the East Greta Coal Mining Co. merged to form South Maitland Railways, and 125 years since the first running of a train on the lines.
Visitors to the open day will have the opportunity to ride the No. 18 steam locomotive, explore the cab of 107-year-old No. 10 steam locomotive, or take a service from the yard to Abermain and Cessnock aboard CPH and 620 Class rail motor cars.
The Junction yard will host a display of past and present locomotives and wagons, rail track machines and equipment.
A dinner train to Neath will also run.
Proceeds from the event will go to the continued repair and running of No. 10 and No. 18, which are currently owned by the Hunter Valley Training Company.
A park and ride service will be available from the Steamfest Rally Ground.
The open days will be held on December 8 and 9. Tickets will go on sale at 11am on Wednesday, November 7 and can be purchased from maitlandticketing.com.au or by calling the Maitland Visitor Information Centre on 4931 2800.
For more information visit southmaitlandrailways.com.au.