In the years that followed World War II, the rail travellers of NSW were spoilt by trains offering luxury and speed the envy of passengers around the world. Air-conditioning, wall-to-wall carpeting, fluorescent lighting, reclining seats and a licensed restaurant... no car or aeroplane of the time could come close.
Amongst the rows of classic rolling stock, diesel and steam locomotives and ageing curiosities, sits one striking standout. It could almost be mistaken for a runaway carriage from the Orient Express. It’s the jewel in the Trainworks’ Rail Museum’s crown – the original car used to transport Her Royal Highness Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the New South Wales leg of their 1954 Australian tour.
22 JAN 2014
When people think of Trainworks, the image of a classic steam train probably springs to mind first. And while these iron and steel workhorses, which evoke the romanticism of an earlier era, are well-represented onsite, the modern classics deserve some recognition too.
20 DEC 2013
School holidays are a great time to let off steam, see the family and share some quality time together. But once the honeymoon period of the first few weeks and Christmas and New Year’s have passed, boredom can begin to creep in.
17 DEC 2013
Before email and long before airmail and couriers existed, horse and carts, boats and trains delivered Christmas presents to Australian families. Now this school holidays, you can take your children 90 minutes south of Sydney and 90 years back in time to the Australia of old. You’ll see a part of our nation’s glorious past revealed, when taking a train to see family in the country was almost as exciting as a flight to another country.