NSW' premier steam event
IS BACK 18-19 MAY 2024

In 2024, Thirlmere village will once again awake to the enchanting sound of the steam whistle as the annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam returns!

Delivered in partnership with Transport Heritage NSW, Wollondilly Shire Council and the NSW Rail Museum, New South Wales’ premier steam event will see a superstar line-up of locomotives return to the Loop Line for the two-day extravaganza.

Returning favourites to this year's festival include steam train rides, traction engines, vintage car show, the annual parade and live entertainment. Plus, don't miss exciting new additions to the festival, including fireworks, a bigger carnival, and more!

A Superstar lineup of locomotives

Experience a steam train ride behind some of New South Wales' most iconic steam locomotives! From 120-year-old engines that once worked the suburban lines of Sydney, to the largest steam locomotive in the Southern Hemisphere, enjoy history in motion with a 40-minute steam train ride from Thirlmere Station towards Picton or Buxton and return.

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Huff N' Puff

Put yourself to the test against a steam train in the Huff N’ Puff road race when it returns to the 2024 Thirlmere Festival of Steam on Sunday 26 May!

This year the Huff ‘N Puff Run, proudly brought to you by Simec - Tahmoor Coking Coal, it will offer two run options with a 6.7km run from Buxton Station to Thirlmere Station, and a 3.5km family fun run from Couridjah Station to Thirlmere Station. The Huff ‘N Puff Run will take place on the morning of Sunday 26 May and will be the conclusion to the 2024 Festival of Steam.

Offering a unique run experience, the Huff N' Puff will offer competitors and spectators an exclusive steam train ride from Thirlmere station to Couridjah Station for the Family Fun Run & Buxton station for the competitive Race where competitors will disembark to commence their return race against the Steam Train.

The Huff N' Puff run experience will include:
- Museum entry to the NSW Rail Museum in Thirlmere
- Steam Train Ride to Couridjah or Buxton Station
- Race Entry (Race Bib & Timing Chip)
- Monetary prizes for the competitive race & Medallion for all participants
- Family Fun Run participants receive drink bottle (adults) & Ribbon (Child).
- Opportunity to race alongside a historic Steam Train

Please ensure you have read the Huff N’ Puff Race Information prior to purchasing tickets.