Steam in to celebrate

STEP back to the glory days of steam next month as Richmond celebrates 150 years since rail reached the rural township.

Steam locomotives 3237 and 5917 will run between Richmond and Mulgrave throughout the weekend of September 20 and 21.

Old steamies won't be the only entertainment at the Richmond Jubilee: the Sydney Antique Machinery Club's annual Clarendon Classic rally is being held at Hawkesbury Showground to coincide with the town's celebrations.

Lachlan Valley Railway treasurer John Healey said the two events would mix together well.

"We have been working on the event since May," he said.

"We are excited. We're hoping for a great response."

Other activities include old-fashioned games played in Richmond Park, storytelling, a Hawkesbury expo, stalls, heritage walk tours, and local cafe and restaurant specials.

Six shuttles will run on both days between Richmond and Mulgrave giving people the opportunity to take part in all events.

The following weekend, September 27 and 28, the locomotives will also feature on the Valley Heights and Springwood line.

More than 2500 seats will be available on all days that the locomotives will be running.

Pre-release tickets are available now; general ticket sales will be open in Richmond soon.

Prices are from $15 for an adult, $10 for a child and $45 for a family.

■ Visit richmondjubilee.com.au to book a steam train ride. Details: lvr.com.au.

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