Australia’s premier festival of all things steam, the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest, will speed into another milestone in Maitland this year.
The popular event, which will take place on the weekend of 9 and 10 April, is set to celebrate its landmark 35th anniversary in 2022.
And, like its preceding editions, it’s destined to attract tens of thousands of people to Maitland again.
The program, presented by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), will be headlined by the return of tank engine 3801, 15 years after its last appearance at Steamfest in 2007.
Also making a comeback to the event is the largest operating locomotive in the Southern Hemisphere, the Beyer-Garratt 6029.
“The fact we’re still going strong, after 35 years, is a sign of our enduring popularity among enthusiasts and local families,” Hunter Valley Steamfest Working Group chairperson Peter Garnham said.
“It’s always an excellent weekend at Steamfest and, with everything that’s planned, this year will be no exception.
“I would like to extend a thank you to Burton Automotive and the Burton family for their continued support, as well as Maitland council.
“Their backing has allowed our City’s largest flagship event to expand and grow.
“Not only are we honouring the Hunter’s rich steam and industrial heritage, we’re hosting activities that appeal to enthusiasts of all ages.
“But, as always, the heart and soul of Steamfest is its impressive assembly of locomotives.”
Burton Automotive dealer principal Norm Burton OAM said he was more than delighted to maintain the company’s decade-long partnership with Steamfest.
“Steam trains and Maitland are a big part of my life and history,” he explained.
“With 10 proud years of support, the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest is undoubtedly a big part of our business, too.
“It’s our pleasure and privilege to present Steamfest.
“I still enjoy seeing the same sense of wonder in kids’ eyes when they see the steam trains as I did when I was young.”
The full line-up of steam locomotives, heritage diesel engines, journeys and rail timetable – featuring trips to Paterson, Branxton and Newcastle – will be announced in the coming weeks.
The iconic event also includes an expanded program that stretches into the night, along with the Great Train Race on Sunday 10 April.
Tickets for the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest 2022 train journeys will be on sale soon.
For more information, visit www.steamfest.com.au
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