Residents of St George are in for a treat this weekend with the much-loved 3801 steam locomotive making multiple trips between Central and Hurstville after a decade of restoration.
The one-hour trips, which are sold out, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 13 and 14.
Scheduled departure times from Central are: 9:10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
The wait is over: 3801 returns
Passengers could choose to travel in a standard class open sedan or in a first class compartment that could accommodate up to six people.
They will receive a special commemorative ticket.
The relaunch marks a new era for 3801 as it returns to the tracks for the first time since 2007.
Following the launch weekend, 3801 will visit towns and regions across NSW including the Southern Highlands in March, Albury, Wagga Wagga and Junee in April and the Blue Mountains in May.
The engine will also visit western and northern New South Wales later in the year.
Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said 3801 underwent a $3.5 million state government-funded overhaul.
Mr Toole thanked the volunteers and staff, who worked closely with Transport Heritage NSW on the project.
“No other steam engine in Australia has captured the imagination of railway enthusiasts and the public so much as the 3801,” he said.
When 3801 was first launched in 1943 it instantly changed the image of NSW Railways with its sleek art deco styling.
3801 operated as a passenger express locomotive and later as a freight locomotive until officially withdrawn from service in 1962.
She became famous for being the only steam locomotive to have traveled to every state and territory on mainland Australia.