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Train Works

A post for Mitchell, Little T, and Brydie’s Little Monkeys…

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Small Man is a railway enthusiast.

His childhood love of Thomas the Tank Engine has grown into a fascination with steam engines in specific, and railways in general. On Sunday, we drove an hour out of Sydney to visit Train Works in the southern town of Thirlmere.

The last time we were there, the centre was known as the NSW Rail Transport Museum.  Back then it was a large shed filled with old engines – now it’s a flash museum with interactive displays, an audiovisual show and a small café.  Steam train rides are available on Sundays.

The cab of locomotive No. 18 (top photo), the oldest engine in the museum, built in 1864

The M78 Mixed Traffic Engine intrigued us – it was decommissioned over a century ago, which means no-one alive has ever ridden on it…

Despite that, it was still leaking oil…

Women played a service role in railway history, and were dressed accordingly…

I’m not sure who wore this cool Sgt. Pepper outfit…

An old-fashioned signal/switch box…

Mail trains used to carry letters throughout the country, with the mail being handsorted for delivery on the train…

This cool little pay bus, powered by a Ford V8 engine, ran along the tracks and delivered wages to the railway workers…

The 4-8-4+4-8-4 Garratt engine was the most powerful steam locomotive to ever operate in Australia. It was too large to fit into a single photo!

There were lots of old-fashioned steam engines…

A turntable and a roundhouse full of engines being restored…

Naughty coal trucks!

Next weekend, the museum will be holding their Day out with Thomas event…

..and we caught a glimpse of the little tank engine hidden under a tarp (I’d recognise those colours anywhere)…

If you’re looking to entertain the kids these holidays, I’d highly recommend a visit to Train Works.  Even we big kids enjoyed it!

Train Works
10 Barbour Road
Thirlmere  NSW
02 4681 8001

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