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The 2017 Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest is here!!!!! Steamfest celebrates Maitland’s rich steam and industrial heritage.
Saturday April 8 and Sunday April 9.
The Steamfest activities will mainly revolve around Maitland station and the nearby rally ground, in Central Maitland. Festival goers will be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities and attractions. They can jump on board the speedy Tin Hare for a historic trip out to Paterson or decide to experience the thrill of the Red Rattler when it zips out to Mount Thorley.
Among the hissing, churning machinery that draws thousands of people to the town is Sooty, a 1926 Fowler engine that journeys more than 360 kilometres from inland NSW to Maitland each year.
An impressive 3642 locomotive will also travel to Maitland for this year’s Steamfest. It was a feature at the first event in 1986.
The Great Train Race, on Sunday morning, is expected to be another highlight, as two locomotives take on a Tiger Moth plane to test which is the fastest.
As usual, there will be a range of traction and portable engines on show, antique machinery, a show and shine event at Maitland Park, live music, activities for kids and food and market stalls.
A new documentary titled Steam on the Main North showcases the history of the Hunter region as a major transport network. It has been released just in time for Hunter Valley Steamfest.
The colour, history and the wonderful romantic and pioneering era of the steam train was brought to life in a photoshoot at Pelaw Main recently. Take a look.
Visit steamfest.com.au for information, tickets and event times.