Santa steams into railway museum

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Santa is on track for his annual visit to a Hunter-based museum.

Saint Nick will be coming to the Richmond Vale Railway Museum on Sunday 15 November, but will leave Rudolph behind this year, instead choo-choosing to arrive on his very own steam train.

Richmond Vale Railway Museum Chairman, Peter Meddows, says the VIP guest is due to arrive at noon, and he will move around the site in a Christmas-themed vintage fire engine.

“Families are most welcome to photograph their children with Santa, which will be based around the fire engine, with social distancing in effect,” he says.

“We will be offering shuttle rides on our full-sized train, as well as miniature train rides throughout the day.

“We’ll also have some model trains operating and our friends from the vintage farm machinery fraternity will once again mount an interesting display, with lots of other items of interest.”

Visitors will also get a chance to ride in the museum’s steam locomotive Marjorie – operational since 1986 – before it goes into the yard for summer maintenance.

The museum opens the gates at 9.30am and activities will take place until 3pm.

Entry costs $16 per adult, $11 for concessions, $7.50 for children between 5 and 16, and under five are free.

The museum is located about four kilometres south of the Hunter Valley town of Kurri Kurri.

Visit richmondvalerailwaymuseum.org for more information.