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Welcome to the 2011 Thirlmere Festival of Steam

Dates:Saturday, March 5, 2011 Vintage Train Day
Sunday, March 6, 2011 Village Fair
Time: 9.30am - 4.00pm.
Location: Barbour Road,
Oaks Street & Westbourne Ave - Thirlmere

The Thirlmere Festival of Steam is Australia's largest rail heritage festival! Featuring five operating steam locomotives, static display carriages and rail memorabilia at the Rail Heritage Centre - it is a great escape into our railway heritage!

On Saturday, it?s Vintage Train Day! The Rail Heritage Centre is abuzz with steam train rides, historic double deck bus rides, interactive displays & guided tours. Step in to the cabin of a full size steam locomotive ? meet the driver, feel the heat of the fire, learn about the locomotives controls. Kids of all ages love exploring NSW?s largest display of heritage trains at the Rail Heritage Centre. More info

On Sunday, Thirlmere comes alive with a Village Fair. The streets are lined with ?Creative Trader? markets selling a wide range of local craft and produce, vintage steam machinery, classic cars & hot rods, model train displays, an animal farm and carnival rides. Free live entertainment in the park showcases the wealth of local talent and provides a convenient picnic spot ? close to all the action! The Thirlmere Flyer steam train, hauled by famous locos 3526 & 3642, will make a noisy arrival, conveying a train load of passengers from Sydney & suburbs shortly after midday ? followed by the grand street parade at 1pm. With all the fun of a country fair, the Festival is a fantastic family day out featuring over 180 market stalls, loads of adrenalin pumping amusement rides for teens, interactive kids rides for the little ones, an animal farm, train rides, face painting, airbrush tattooing, roving entertainment, helicopter joy flights and a large display of vintage steam machinery, classic cars and hot rods, - you will certainly be kept busy all day long!

At 1pm, the village comes alive with the event's official Gala Parade. Featuring bands, floats, performers, classic vehicles and hot rods - the parade always attracts non-stop cheers and waves as it travels around each of our festival streets.

When it all gets too much and you feel the need for a break, grab your favourite carnival food and head to the ever popular non-stop live Entertainment Stage. 'Music In The Park' runs from 9.30am - 4pm and features a brilliant line-up of bands and solo artists from Picton High School, jazz, folk and country musicians and outstanding local acts.

The 2011 Thirlmere Festival of Steam offers something for everyone!

All the tour and booking information is right here.Heritage Express Sydney visitors to the Festival will be able to travel on the steam-hauled Thirlmere Flyer, leaving Sydney Central at 10 am, picking up at Padstow and Campbelltown and arriving at Thirlmere at around noon, and departing around 3.50 pm. (Timings may change as we get closer to the Festival date). Bookings are essential - phone Heritage Express on (02) 9379 1110, or Book on-line at Heritage Express