If you have young train lovers in your family, Edgeworth Trains is a must do. It’s a Newcastle institution that both kids and adults will love.
On the last Sunday of every month (except for December), the Lake Macquarie Live Steam Locomotive Society provides model train rides to the public. There’s a variety of miniature trains such as steam and diesel and different rail routes (both elevated and ground-level) so you can easily spend a couple of hours watching and riding trains.
Edgeworth trains is a popular event each month and the location is packed with people. Although the lines for train rides are long, kids and adults wait patiently and the lines move pretty quickly.
You don’t really notice the wait as there’s so much activity just observing the trains pull in and out of the station unloading and loading passengers.
You can even see some drivers putting coal in their engines or tinkering with steam engines.
Be prepared for the sounds and smells of the engines while you’re waiting or on the trains.
The locomotives pull carriages behind them that you ride astride. Some trains have multiple carriages while smaller trains only have one.
Do note that fully enclosed footwear must be worn to ride the trains. This means no sandals, open toe shoes, thongs, Crocs or bare feet – joggers are best.
There’s lots more fun once you get on to the trains and start whizzing around on the rail tracks through tunnels and under bridges. Each ride is approximately 7 to 10 minutes in duration so it’s not too long for younger children.
It’s a wonderful service that these volunteer train drivers provide. Train rides are free. However, they ask for a donation with bright yellow drums located around the grounds. These donations help them to cover mandatory council and state government costs, maintain their grounds, track facilities and contribute to the services provided. Please give generously.
The grounds are lovely and shaded with plenty of grass for picnics, barbecues supplied with wood, a kiosk and conveniently located toilet blocks.
Edgeworth trains is a popular spot for parties, picnics and barbecues. There was at least 20 birthday parties on the day that we attended, some of them with marquees, tables and chairs. Some had prime position near the track so that party-goers could observe the trains going by.
If you wish to host a children’s party on the grounds, check out the guidelines on the Lake Macquarie Live Steam Locomotive Society website.
Location: Off Velinda Street, Edgeworth with limited off-street parking.
Run Dates & Times: Last Sunday of the month (except December). Run times are approximately 12:30pm to 3:30pm (weather permitting) with a 15 minute break for the drivers at 2pm.
During a Total Fire Ban, they do not operate steam locomotives. However, non-steam locomotives still run per usual.
Cost: Free but donations encouraged. These donations help this volunteer organisation cover mandatory council and state government costs, maintain their grounds, track facilities and contribute to the services provided. Please give generously.
Footwear: Fully enclosed footwear must be worn to ride the trains. This means no sandals, thongs or bare feet – joggers are best