Celebrating railway - past, present and future

South Maitland Railways will open up its East Greta Junction yard to visitors this December to commemorate 100 years of incorporation and 125 years since the running of its first train.

On December 8 and 9, members of the public are invited to explore the rich history of the South Maitland Railway, which was once an extensive network of privately owned railway lines servicing the South Maitland coalfields and passenger railway lines.

The South Maitland Railway was one of the last rail networks in Australia to continue to utilise steam locomotives until they were replaced in 1983 by the diesel-electric locomotives which run today.

Visitors will not only have the opportunity to ride the historic No.18 steam locomotive and carriages between Maitland City Council Rally Ground and East Greta Junction, but can explore the cab of the 107-year-old No.10 steam locomotive and speak to retired drivers.

The No.10 locomotive will be on display at the East Greta Junction yard among a collection of other past and present locomotives and wagons, as well as a variety of rail track machines and equipment, plus active and static displays.

The CPH and 620 Class rail motor cars will transport passengers from Abermain and Cessnock respectively to the East Greta Junction yard in Telarah, meanwhile those with a real taste for history can take the dinner train to Neath on the CPH rail motor cars on Saturday night.

The Maitland Rail Museum will also be open for visitors and is located in the old South Maitland Railways bathhouse.

Tickets will be available for sale in late-October via the South Maitland Railways website or at the Maitland Visitor Information Centre.

Any rail ticket purchased includes entry into South Maitland Railways’ East Greta Junction yard.

All proceeds from the event will go to the continued repair and running of the No.10 and No.18 steam locomotives which are currently owned by HVTC.

For more information on train times, pricing and exhibits visit the South Maitland Railways website. 

Media contact: For further information, interview opportunities or images please contact South Maitland Railways Manager Warren Hedley on 4932 8351 or 0407 077 952.

No18 steam locomotive