Winter Steam Train Events around Sydney

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Do you have a mini train conductor on your hands? Whether it’s the influence of TV shows like Thomas the Tank Engine & Chuggington, or if kids are just naturally drawn to trains, now’s your chance to enjoy a family day out doing something you all can enjoy! Here’s 9 amazing Winter steam train events in Sydney.


It’s time to bundle up and jump outdoors to enjoy a little bit of history, a dash of culture, and a huge amount of fun. Lock these dates in the diary and check out these 9 Winter steam train events in Sydney.

Winter Steam Train Events around Sydney

Galston Valley Railway

Nestled in the bushlands on the outskirts of Galston, The Galston Valley Railway is a picturesque miniature railway, with 1km of track winding throughout the bush and up the hills.

The Galston Valley Railway is open to the Public on the 2nd Sunday of every month.

Trains run from 10am – 3pm continually throughout the day. With all trains stopping at between 12:30pm and 1pm for volunteers to have lunch.

  • Stationary Engine Display
  • BBQ Stall ~ between 11.30am and 1:30pm.
  • Canteen (tea & coffee, cold drinks, ice creams & lollies).

Entry is via pre-purchased entry ticket only. Tickets for next event come online on the 1st of the month. Book now.

  • Where: 29 Mid Dural Road, Galston
  • When: 2nd Sunday of every month
  • Times: 9.30am – 3.00pm
  • Cost: Adult $10 | Children <18 Free | Train Rides $3.50 per person regardless of age. Please Note: Children under 3 years of age must be accompanied by a Ride Ticket holder 18 years or older.
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Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society

Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society

The Sydney Live Steam Locomotive Society was formed in 1948 on its present site.  They are located behind West Ryde shopping centre in Sydney and open on the third Saturday afternoon of each month from 1.30pm to 4pm. They now have an online booking arrangement for entry on their Miniature Steam Train.

  • Where: Cnr Anthony Rd & Betts St, West Ryde
  • When: Third Saturday of every month
  • Times: 1.30pm-4pm
  • Cost: Adults: $6, Child: $3, rides: $2.50 each
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Hunter Valley Steamfest

Hunter Valley Steamfest

Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest will celebrate its 35th anniversary. Hunter Valley Steamfest is one of Australia’s premier festivals of steam. Steamfest was established in 1986 following the closure of the last coal powered steam hauled freight service in Australia on the South Maitland Railway Line in 1983, and the event pays homage to the end of an industrial era and the men and women involved in its operation.

The event features a diverse program of fun and family friendly entertainment including historic steam train trips, vintage machinery displays and demonstrations, live music, interactive heritage walks and displays, vintage car display, market stalls, food stalls, steampunkers, mini steam train rides, kids activities and more.
  • Where: Maitland Station, Central Maitland
  • When: Saturday 30 & Sunday 31 July 2022
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Illawarra Light Railway Museum

Catch the Train

Winter Steam Train Events in Sydney

Catch the Train

Ride the Rails with a Diesel Train Ride and Miniature train ride and relive those grand old days of railways. An experience for a Saturday outing with the family is a great adventure for all when looking around the museum. Kids will also love the trains and the playgrounds.

  • Where: 48A Tongarra Road, Albion Park Rail
  • When: Saturday 25 June 2022
  • Times: 10am-2pm
  • Cost: Adults: $15, Child (3-16 years): $10, Child under 3 free with adult
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Down the Track

Down the Track

Catch the Steam Train and Travel down the line for a great experience of Narrow Gauge Steam Locomotive Operations and then ride the Miniature Train.

  • Where: 48A Tongarra Road, Albion Park Rail
  • When: Sunday 10 July 2022
  • Times: 10am-2pm
  • Cost: Adults: $15, Child (3-16 years): $10, Child under 3 free with adult
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NSW Rail Museum

Day Out With Thomas

Day Out With Thomas

Thomas and Friends return to the NSW Rail Museum for three days of feature-packed family fun! It’s the perfect Winter steam train event in Sydney! Day Out With Thomas is a great outing for the entire family… and don’t forget the grandparents! Enjoy a 45-minute steam train ride hauled by Donald the black engine from Thirlmere to Buxton and return.

  • Where: 10 Barbour Road Thirlmere NSW
  • When: 2, 3, 4, 10 & 11 September
  • Times: 9.30am-3pm
  • Cost: Adults: $30, Child (2-17 years): $25, Child under 2 free with adult
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Steam Train Rides

Winter Steam Train Events in Sydney

Steam Train Rides

Enjoy a 40-minute steam train ride every Saturday and Sunday and during school holidays at the NSW Rail Museum. Departs Thirlmere Station several times for a 40-minute train ride from historic Thirlmere Station to Buxton and return. They will also be operating during the school holidays every weekday.

  • Where: 10 Barbour Road Thirlmere
  • When: Sunday 1 May to Sunday 19 June
  • Times: 10am-2pm
  • Cost: Adults: $35, Child (2-17 years): $15, Child under 2 free with adult
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      Richmond Vale Railway Museum

      Winter Steam Train Events in Sydney

      Richmond Vale Railway Museum

      Richmond Vale Railway Museum is located in an attractive bushland setting off Leggetts Drive Richmond Vale, just south of the Hunter Valley township of Kurri Kurri. It is the only operating heritage railway north of the Hawkesbury.

      Kids can enjoy unlimited full-size train rides, miniature train rides, historic films, and much more.

      • Where: 262 Leggett’s Drive, Richmond Vale
      • When: The first three Sundays of each month AND every School Holiday Sunday
      • Times: 9.30am – 3.00pm
      • Cost: Adult: $16, Child (5-15): $7.50, Child under 5: Free
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      Nurragingy Miniature Railway

      Nurragingy Miniature Railway

      Nurragingy Miniature Railway

      Turn up at any time on their running day, buy a ticket, join the queue and catch the next available train! Up to 4 members of the same household can ride together on the same carriage. The ride will be about 6 minutes in duration (including loading and unloading from the train) All train passengers must wear fully enclosed footwear

      • Where: Nurragingy Reserve
      • When: Sunday 19 June, Sunday 17 July, Sunday 21 August, Sunday 18 September, Sunday 23 October
      • Times: 10am-3.30pm
      • Cost: $3 per person
      • More info

      Want even more ideas for things to do with the kids these Winter school holidays around Sydney’s North Shore?

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