Thousands of people have enjoyed a ride on Betty the steam engine at Glenreagh.
Thousands of people have enjoyed a ride on Betty the steam engine at Glenreagh.

All aboard for a 150-year celebration

By JULIA ILES

ONE hundred and fifty years of steam trains in NSW will be commemorated this weekend at the Glenreagh Mountain Railway (GMR).

GMR spokesperson Peter Dickson-Smith said it was an anniversary of steam trains and signified how far the organisation had come in a year.

Volunteers, driven only by their love of steam trains, have restored train tracks, and a 1919 Class steam train known as 'Betty', he said.

At 11.20am on Saturday and Sunday, Betty will drive through a ribbon as part of a ceremony to remember when steam power came to NSW.

Other events include steam train rides both during the day and evening.

In addition there will be miniature steam train rides at Glenreagh West Base, as well as a model railway exhibition put on by the Glenreagh School of Arts.

Fashion is not forgotten, with two period fashion competitions for adults and children. Prizes will be given for the best dressed adult and child (under 15).

Coffs Harbour TAFE Fashion School will put on a display of period railway uniforms.

There will also be barbecues, markets and entertainment provided by the Sommers Band.

"The magic of steam trains is it takes people back to a long gone era," Mr DicksonSmith said. "It's our first celebration and we are hoping for a great day of fun."

Prices for a Steam train, miniature train ride and entry to the model train exhibition is $10 per adult, $5 per (5 to 15 years) child, under five years is free and $25 per fam- ily.



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