Yesterday we took a trip back in time to Central station to see the Sydney Great Train Expo and it was great.
LittleMan, in addition to ‘Cars‘, is a big fan of Thomas the Tank Engine. Last year we took him to A Day Out With Thomas at Thilmere and he loved it. The part he enjoyed most was the steam train ride and so when my husband told me about the Sydney Great Train Expo on Saturday it seemed like a good idea.
Organised by Heritage Express (the same people that did A Day Out With Thomas) , the Sydney Great Train Expois running over Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend and is located on the country platforms at Central Station (near where the XPTs leave). The centrepiece of the expo is the Steam Train ride hauled by famous steam locos 3642 and 3526 through the suburbs from Central Station to Clyde (75-minute round trip).We decided that it was best to do the first morning ride at 9:55am on Sunday morning. This worked out for the best as it suited the kids perfectly. LittleMan spent the whole trip glued to the window and having the best time. LittleMiss had alot of fun for the first half of the trip but the steady rocking of the train was enough to put her to sleep for the second half. I am not sure if it was because of when we booked or that we booked online but we got our seats in one of the first class carriages … very nice.
When we return to Central it was time for us to explore the rest of the Expo. In addition to the train ride they also have on display
- Steam loco 3265 (restored and maintained by the Powerhouse Museum) – You can climb in the cabin, meet the friendly driver, feel the heat of the fire & learn about the locomotive’s controls.
- Walk though the Southern Aurora® glamour express of the 1960s.
It was a great way to spend a morning over the the long weekend … especially with it being wet.