Rail buffs and families sure to enjoy festival

All aboard: There will be lots to see and do from train rides to a street parade at the Thirlmere Festival of Steam this weekend. Picture: Simon Bennett
All aboard: There will be lots to see and do from train rides to a street parade at the Thirlmere Festival of Steam this weekend. Picture: Simon Bennett

It’s full steam ahead for Thirlmere’s biggest festival.

The revamped Thirlmere Festival of Steam will be held on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4.

This year the town activities, usually only held on the Sunday, will be spread across the weekend.

Saturday activities will feature a country-style theme with wood chopping, working dog trials and sheep shearing. 

Rail enthusiasts will be pleased that the NSW Rail Museum will host events both days.

On Saturday there will be steam train rides on the Thirlmere Heritage Railway, museum tours, steam vehicles and machinery displays, rail-specific stalls, photography workshops and vintage vehicles.

There will also be live entertainment and amusement rides.

Sunday will include the same activities as Saturday plus more than 150 market stalls, a steam machinery display, model trains and a street parade.

There will also be an inaugural tug-o-war competition.

A special steam train, the Thirlmere Flyer, will bring people from Sydney and suburbs to Thirlmere station both days.

Picton Rotary has partnered with Thirlmere-based event company BD Productions to organise the event.

Managing director and owner Leigh Achis said he was excited to be a part of the popular community festival because families were the core focus.

Details: Thirlmere Festival of Steam on Facebook. Full itinerary here.