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TfNSW expecting increased traffic for Steamfest weekend in Maitland

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With thousands of people expected to converge on Maitland this weekend for Hunter Valley Steamfest, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is urging motorists to exercise caution in the area.

Heavier than usual traffic might impact those travelling on the New England Highway or Cessnock Road, as visitors make their way to and from the much-loved event.

In fact, a record crowd is predicted on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April.

This year’s program is filled with an impressive line-up of historic vehicles, including NSW’s largest and most powerful steam locomotive, the 6029 The Garratt.

Other notable inclusions are the 1917-built 3526, a range of heritage excursions, the Great Train Race, an antique machinery display and more than 500 classic cars on show at the Rally Ground.

“A 40km/h speed limit and traffic control will be in place around the event area,” a TfNSW spokesperson said.

“So, motorists are reminded to slow down as there’ll be increased pedestrian activity.

“With Maitland Railway Station being the main hub, getting there via train is the easiest way to visit Steamfest.

“Additional services will be running to help get you to and from the event.

“For timetable information and public transport options, visit www.transportnsw.info.

“For those driving, there are several car parks around Central Maitland and limited street parking.

“For parking and local road closure information, go to Getting Here – Hunter Valley Steamfest.

“To avoid unnecessary delays, motorists are reminded to plan their journey and consider using alternative routes if not attending the event.”

Steamfest’s rail program, presented by Australian Rail Track Corporation, will feature a host of excursions to various destinations in the Hunter Valley, including Paterson, Branxton, Newcastle, Mount Thorley and the Port Waratah Coal Loop as well as the famous Great Train Race.  

“We are looking forward to joining our local communities in celebrating all things rail and steam,” ARTC acting Hunter Valley group executive Clinton Crump said.

“We’re also excited to host the famous ARTC Great Train Race, which will see the two iconic locomotives compete side-by-side against a Tiger Moth aircraft.”

The Rally Ground will transform into a steam-lovers haven and offer a glimpse into days gone by with antique machinery from across Australia, including traction and portable engines.  

On Sunday, the annual Show ‘n’ Shine, presented by Altapac, will feature more than 500 classic cars, accompanied by food stalls and “live” entertainment for the whole family.  

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