Steamfest to roll into Newcastle Interchange
Steamfest visitors will have the opportunity to take a steam locomotive to the Newcastle Interchange, with tickets for the April event on sale tomorrow.
After a hiatus of more than five years, locomotives 3265 and 3526 will also be making appearances as part of the program that includes train trips to Branxton, Paterson and on the Port Waratah Coal Loop.
Heritage diesel trains CPH 1, 3 and 7, and NFP 621 and NTC 721, also known as the Tin Hare and Red Rattler, will again be taking passengers.
More than 50,000 people are expected to attend over the weekend, with Maitland City Council’s Events coordinator Adam Franks saying that good weather is expected to bolster those numbers.
“It seems year on year to regain interest and capture people’s imaginations,” he said.
Although windy conditions forced the Tiger Moth from the air at last year’s Great Train Race, the aircraft is scheduled to take to the skies against two locomotives on the Sunday morning.
Hunter Valley Steamfest will be held on April 13 and 14. Tickets for train trips go on sale at midday on Friday, February 15. For more information visit steamfest.com.au.