Train enthusiasts are encouraged to snap up their tickets early for the 2019 Hunter Valley Steamfest.
Tickets for the annual event, which attracted a crowd of more than 50,000 last year, went on sale on Friday.
“Each year, visitors travel to Maitland from across all of Australia and abroad to celebrate the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest and take a ride on one of the locomotives at the event,” Maitland council’s coordinator of events, Adam Franks, said.
“With a limited number of seats available for each journey, many of which sell out each year, we encourage people to purchase their tickets early to avoid disappointment.”
This year’s steam journeys include trips to Branxton, Paterson, the Port Waratah Coal Loop and Newcastle where, for the first time since major developments finished, a steam locomotive, 3526, will travel to the Newcastle Interchange.
The Great Train Race, which was cancelled last year due to poor weather, returns, with two locomotives – 3265 and 3526 – going head-to-head with a Tiger Moth aeroplane.
In addition to the rail program, an interactive showcase of heritage steam equipment will be on display on the Rally Ground, while the Show ‘n’ Shine car show is on the schedule again at Maitland Park again.
The Hunter Valley Steamfest will take place on 13 and 14 April.
Tickets are available via steamfest.com.au, by calling 4931 2877, or in person at the Maitland Visitor Information Centre.