Photos of Hunter Valley Steamfest from the archives

If you’re a steam train enthusiast, listen up.

Tickets to the 2018 Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest are set to go on sale at 12 noon on January 15.

Last year’s two day event attracted more than 50000 people, so steam enthusiasts are encouraged to secure their tickets early for this year’s event, which will be held on 14 and 15 April. 

Locomotive 3642 has already been secured for the event and organisers expect to announce a second steam loco soon.  

Heritage diesels CHP1/CHP7 ‘Tin Hare’ and 621/721 ‘Red Rattler’ will be operating between Maitland and Paterson. There will be an impressive display of heritage steam equipment on the rally ground and a Show ‘n’ Shine in Maitland Park on April 15. There will also be a range of entertainment for the whole family. 

“Last year we had visitors come from across the state and beyond to celebrate all things steam and enjoy one of the many steam train journeys on offer,”coordinator events Adam Franks said.

“There are only a limited number of seats available for each trip, with many of the Steamfest journeys consistently selling out year after year, so we are encouraging people to get in early so they don’t miss out.”

Steam Journeys this year include trips to Paterson, Port Waratah Coal Loop, Branxton and of course, the ever popular Great Train Race. Patrons can now select their seating reference online, which is an added bonus. 

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit or call the information centre on 4931 2877.


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