Australia’s largest steam locomotive in service arrives in Bathurst

Up to 3,000 people are expected at Bathurst station this June long weekend for the return of Australia’s largest working steam locomotive, Beyer-Garratt 6029.

‘The Garratt’ will run several 1.5 hour steam train journeys for the local community between Bathurst and Wimbledon on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June, followed by a day trip to Orange on Monday 13th June.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for families and heritage enthusiasts to step back in time and connect with our state’s rich railway history,” said Andrew Moritz, CEO of Transport Heritage NSW.

“Travelling through the mid-west inside a restored NSW railway carriage behind this steam-era behemoth is an experience rarely offered and not to be missed.”

Beyer-Garratt 6029 was recently acquired by the NSW Government for the State Heritage Transport Collection, managed by Transport Heritage NSW.

“The engine entered service with NSW Government Railways in 1954 and was a reliable workhorse of the fleet, running around 1,000,000 km before being withdrawn from regular service in 1972.”

“This is the locomotive’s first regional visit since it was acquired by the NSW Government last month.”

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Jose P. Rogers