Full steam ahead for train visit

Tickets are selling out fast for a trip on an age-old steam train that will roll into Gunnedah tomorrow.

The locomotive 3642 will leave Werris Creek at 8.20am and travel through Breeza, Curlewis, Gunnedah, Boggabri and Narrabri, before turning around for the return trip.

There are limited seats left on the Werris Creek to Narrabri route, apart from the section between Boggabri and Narrabri which has already sold out.

The train will arrive in Gunnedah at 9.43am.

There is plenty of availability on the return leg from Narrabri to Werris Creek.

“The response has been overwhelming,” Transport Heritage NSW spokesperson David Bennett said.

“Clearly there’s an appetite for transport heritage in regional NSW.

“This is just spurring our belief we need to do more of these events around NSW.”

If you miss out on a train ride around Gunnedah, there is the opportunity for shorter trips between Tamworth and Kootingal on the weekend.

The steam train will operate four round trips, taking an hour each on Saturday and Sunday.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson will flag off the first train at the Tamworth station at 11.15am on Saturday.

The 3642 locomotive was used from the 1920s to 1969 to transport passengers between Newcastle and Sydney.

The North West journey will allow passengers to step into the world of steam train travel and enjoy the ride in age-old carriages that were handcrafted in an era long gone.

The train journey is part of an initiative of Transport Heritage NSW – a not-for-profit, member-based organisation incorporating the activities of the former NSW Rail Transport Museum (NSWRTM), Trainworks Ltd and the Office of Rail Heritage with responsibilities for transport heritage in NSW, supported by the NSW government.

Given the success of the ticket sales in the North West, Transport Heritage NSW is planning more events for regional areas next year.

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