NSW RAIL MUSEUM
Every Saturday & Sunday until end November 2019
STEAM TRAIN RIDES REPLACED BY RAILMOTOR THIS WEEKEND
SATURDAY 23 & SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2019
Due to the ongoing unprecedented weather conditions and associated high bushfire danger, the NSW Rail Museum will not be operating steam for the remainder of 2019.
This weekend’s steam train rides will be replaced by a railmotor.
Departure times for railmotor rides remain the same as shown below.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Take a 45-minute steam train ride from historic Thirlmere station to Buxton and return along the Thirlmere Heritage Railway. Enjoy plenty of time to reminisce, share your experience, take a few photos and stretch your legs.
FOOD & DRINK OPTIONS
The NSW Rail Museum Cafe will be open.
Self-serve BBQ facilities are also available on a first come, first served basis.
You’re welcome to pack a picnic – don’t forget a rug!
HERITAGE TRAIN RIDE TIMETABLE
Departing Thirlmere Station for Buxton and return.
Total trip duration 45-minutes.
Departure times: 9.45am, 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.00pm.
See 'Hours & Admission' page for further details.
Please note, Steam Train Weekends will not operate on the following dates:
2 - 3 November 2019 (Day Out With Thomas)
ABOUT STEAM LOCOMOTIVE 2705
This locomotive was one of eight "mogul" 2-6-0 tender locomotives supplied by the Hunslet Engine Co. Ltd of Leeds to the order of the Department of Public Works. They were originally numbered PWD 1 - 8 and used for various railway construction duties. Preserved locomotive 2705 was built as Hunslet builders number 1115 of 1913 and issued to traffic as PWD 5.
The railway operations of the Department of Public Works were absorbed into the NSWGR in 1917 and these locomotives became the G (1204) class, with preserved locomotive PWD 5 becoming G 1208. The G (1204) class later became 2701 - 2708 of the (Z) 27 class at the 1924 renumbering.
These smallish locomotives were apparently not suited to curvaceous routes as these damaged their valve motion, however the class must have been otherwise well regarded as they were retained and allocated to Narrabri West depot in the North-West of NSW for use on the relatively straight and lightly-laid branch lines radiating through the cotton growing regions. During the 1930's the original Hunslet boilers were replaced with stock (Z) 25 class boilers. In addition the smaller Hunslet bogie tenders were replaced by significantly larger NSWGR 3650 gallon tenders as originally supplied for the (D) 50 class 2-8-0 locomotives, and no doubt the higher coal and water capacity proved useful for the long runs of the North-West branches.
The class were largely replaced by first-series 48-class diesel-electrics in 1959 and most of the class had been reduced to scrap metal by 1966, however 2705 was saved for preservation by the NSW Rail Museum and retained at Enfield Depot in Sydney. 2705 served on some vintage trains and early NSW Rail Museum operations until retired for static display at Thirlmere in the 1970's.
A second lease of life came for 2705 when it was was restored to operation by the NSW Rail Museum in the mid 1990s, primarily for use on the Thirlmere Heritage Railway. At this stage it wore an attractive lined green livery. More recently 2705 has received a heavy overhaul in the NSWRTM Thirlmere workshops including a boiler swap with a spare (Z) 25 boiler (tab 2531) which had been stored at Thirlmere for many decades.