Thousands expected at NSW’s premier steam event in South West Sydney this weekend

Transport Heritage NSW

Historic steam locomotives of all shapes and sizes will come to life for the annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam this weekend.

From steam train rides to vintage steam machinery, this year’s event will also feature blacksmith demonstrations and local artisans, a colourful street parade featuring the NSW Police Mounted Unit, and an operational steam truck from the Powerhouse Museum collection.

Transport Heritage NSW CEO Andrew Moritz says the team are looking forward to once again delivering the State’s premier steam event in partnership with Wollondilly Shire Council.

“The historic locomotives featured at this weekend’s event showcase a strong part of our state’s rail history ranging from the late 18th century through to the 1950s,” Andrew said.

“In addition to steam train rides, visitors can enjoy a range of on-site demonstrations within the NSW Rail Museum, including driver’s cab visits, historic machinery, live steam models and more.”

Now in its 35th year, the Thirlmere Festival of Steam celebrates steam technology that powered New South Wales for over a century, and those dedicated to keeping its legacy alive today.

On Saturday 18 May, the NSW Rail Museum will be open with a variety of steam train rides, driver’s cab visits, as steam and vintage park, mini-train rides and more. The Family Carnival will take place at Thirlmere Sportsground, with carnival rides and activities from Midday.

On Saturday evening, the festival will continue with a rare opportunity to experience a steam train ride at night, which has not occurred in NSW since 2018. The evening will culminate with fireworks from Thirlmere Sportsground at 9pm.

On Sunday 19 May, the whole village will come to life with market stalls, a street parade including the Mounted Police, live performances, as well as steam train rides and other activities at the NSW Rail Museum.

Tickets for steam train rides and a range of other activities are on sale now.

/Public Release.