A Blast From The Past

Michael Matthews

Sydney, Australia

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A great day of train chasing with Chris Randall & Steve Randall as we followed the steam train (starting from Central, Sydney) from Menangle Rd near Picton to Thirlmere & then this steam locomotive on the short trip to Buxton.

There wasn’t as much steam as I would have liked here but the clouds helped.

Canon 400D.
Thirlmere, NSW, Australia.

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Since 1975 the historic town of Thirlmere in Sydney’s southwest has been home to significant rail heritage collection, including over 100 rolling stock items, associated with the history of the railways in NSW.

The 5-hectare rail corridor site and much of the collection is owned by the state of New South Wales.

Trainworks is located in Thirlmere – approximately 90km from Sydney – and is one of the main features of the village. Thirlmere, like many towns, was born with the coming of the Great Southern Railway in 1863 to 1867, when a large temporary tent city grew up to house the railway workers. It was valued for its proximity to Thirlmere Lakes which provided water for the steam trains. The water was pumped to a siding at the nearby town of Couridjah.

The Thirlmere section of the Main Southern Railway was deviated in 1919 to a less steep alignment with easier grades, and the original line became the Picton Loop Line. Today, the Loop Line provides a link to the main line which enables heritage trains to operate beyond the local area and to run on a line clear of other working trains.

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