Experience the Golden Age of train
travel! Get that steam train smell into your lungs, close your eyes and travel
back in time.
What’s the experience like? Since
1962, trains from the Trainworks collection have gone on tour right around New
South Wales (in Australia) and beyond. Sink back into vintage vinyl covered
seats with individual tray tables in impeccably restored, wood panelled
The dining car has an excellent
selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with which to wash down some
tasty morsels. Martini, anyone?
Ladies and Gentlemen, leaving
Sydney stations throughout the year, we thoroughly recommend exploring the many
stunning regions of New South Wales in a First Class lounger. What could be a
more authentic travel experience for the Steampunk aficionado? There is no
experience more authentic than this!
Book your tickets, buy your
friends a Gift Voucher, pack a little portmanteau and dress up in your 19th
century finery (but we know how you like to PUNK it UP a bit!)
Where could you go? You board at
Sydney’s Central Station to go on a day trip, a luxury weekend adventure, have
a moving dining experience, or go to one of many special events…be sure to
check back in as we’ll cover some spiffy occasions in upcoming posts. Should you book a Day trip in the First Class Lounge, you may very well be treated to a delicious Devonshire Tea. The sterling service is explained by the manner in which Heritage Express is run: many of those assisting on board are volunteers and are there because of their love of train travel.
From the First Class Lounge – and
only from this rarified section - you may choose to access the Observation
Deck. Those with new fangled photographical equipment will be thrilled with the
views they will capture from the vantage points on offer.
We beheld one of the Heritage
Express steam trains chuffing out of Katoomba Station in the Blue Mountains,
west of Sydney, collecting visitors who had arrived earlier that day to attend
the Winter Magic Festival - held in June around the winter solstice in the
southern hemisphere every year. We heard whispers that those who had booked a dining car experience en route to the Winter Magic Festival were served a superb breakfast and plied with copious cups of tea until arriving at their mountainous destination.
To get your very own vintage Yuletide table, you may also visit the Victory Theatre Antiques located in Blackheath in the Blue Mountains (west of Sydney) where Radical Brochante (Stallholder “FRE”) upstairs has all your tableware needs covered.