Steam Train Ride

Steam Train Ride: (33° 52′ 58″S, 151° 12′ 24″E) day trips reviving the old steam train trips between Sydney and Newcastle powered by the Newcastle Flyer, Loco 3642, run from time to time over the hills to Hornsby, beside the Hawkesbury waterways and through the Central Coast including truly spirited hill climbing and great waterway views. Contact: Rail Heritage Central, just off the main concourse of Sydney Central Station (+61 2 9379 1110); Mail: PO Box K37, Haymarket NSW, about 2 km from Macquarie Place — the start of the Great North Walk.

The Great North Walk Companion extract- pages 177-178

The Great North Walk offers a few railway gems for true train enthusiasts. Between Cowan and Brooklyn the trail runs parallel to the main railway line from Sydney to Newcastle but the most interesting section is undoubtedly from the Brooklyn Bridge’s amazing span of the Hawkesbury River and through one of the longest railway tunnels in Australia. I sincerely hope neither the trains nor our very early start will be too off-putting for my companion because the section we are walking is not only near the train line, it is also about the railway: fostered, sponsored and worked by parts of the family. It is also the longest walk we have essayed since our unhappy sojourn around Broken Bay. I am hoping that Elsa’s Dad, Lance Parkes, who is coming with us on the train as far as the famous Wondabyne Station, will fill in some of the background of NSW railways. I am not disappointed.

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