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 and it’s returning soon!
We were disappointed to announce in March that Edgeworth Trains would no longer be providing rides to the general public due to litigation risks and the cost of insurance. However, the Lake Macquarie Live Steam Locomotive Society has decided to reopen to the general public but will now be charging for train rides.
And we know have a reopening date! Edgeworth Trains will be offering their public ride days once a month again starting at the end of May.
Public Ride Days (Once a month)
Lake Macquarie Live Steam Locomotive Society confirmed today to Newy with Kids that they will reopen on Sunday 29 May 2022 with trains running from 12:30pm till 3:30pm (weather permitting). Their public ride days will be on the last Sunday of each month excluding December.
There will now be a fee to ride the trains. Lake Macquarie Live Steam Locomotive Society will be selling tickets, two tickets for $5 ($2.50 a ticket) to minimise change.
As always to ride on the trains, you must wear fully enclosed footwear (e.g. joggers).
Please note that no photography or video recording is allowed while riding on the trains because of safety reasons.
It’s been a long time since the last public event was held, Sunday 23 February 2020 to be exact. Pre-COVID, on the last Sunday of every month (except for December), the Lake Macquarie Live Steam Locomotive Society provided model train rides to the public (by donation).
It was a fantastic day out for the whole family with train lovers, big and small enjoying the steam and diesel miniature trains.
Like many others, we enjoyed the many birthday parties that were held at this location. Edgeworth Trains was a popular spot for parties, picnics and barbecues.
On the last day we visited, 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.
We look forward to the return of Edgeworth Trains and hope that the community gets behind the reopening and pays to ride the miniature trains.
Pre-COVID, Edgeworth trains was a popular event each month and the location was pretty packed with people. Although the lines for train rides were at times, pretty long, kids and adults waited patiently and the lines moved pretty quickly.
It’s a fun experience watching the drivers putting coal in their engines or tinkering with steam engines.
And to hear the sounds and sniff the acrid smell of the engines.
We look forward to again whizzing around on the rail tracks through tunnels and under bridges. Each ride was approximately 7 to 10 minutes in duration so it wasn’t too long for younger children.
We issue a big thanks to the Lake Macquarie Live Steam Locomotive Society for deciding to continue with these providing these monthly events.
It’s been an event that has run for decades and generations of local kids have enjoyed hours of fun at Edgeworth Trains. Now, this means that another generation of kids can experience the joy of riding Edgy Trains.
In addition to the monthly public event, you can still book a private function. Private group bookings will be available for certain organisations, such as charity groups, playgroups, kindergartens, preschools, primary schools, church, community fundraising parties and small corporate or club type Christmas parties. These days are available Wednesdays and Sundays only.
Private function bookings include sole use of railway facilities from 9.00am till close. – i.e., picnic area/tables, toilets, wood-fired BBQs, use of on-site rubbish/recycle bins and unlimited trains rides.
Prices include up to 60 visitors including all adults and children, even if not riding. Infants under 12 months of age are not counted towards the 60 visitors.
Bookings on a Wednesday
- Cost is $400
- Trains run 2 hours from 10:00am to 12:00noon, other times by special arrangement.
- For groups in excess of 60 visitors, additional cost is $4 per person.
Bookings on a Sunday (excluding public ride days)
- Cost is $550
- Trains run 3 hours total from 11:00am to 12:00noon and then 1:00pm to 3:00pm
- For groups in excess of 60 visitors, additional cost is $7 per person.
Another place to ride on miniature trains is Richmond Vale Railway Museum near Kurri Kurri. It’s open on selected days and includes rides on miniature trains and full-size steam trains. Although there are also miniature trains at Walka Water Works on selected Sundays, Walka Water Works is currently closed until further notice due to the presence of asbestos.
Good to Know
Location: Off Velinda Street, Edgeworth with limited off-street parking. (See map below for exact location).
May 26 2022 Update: The grounds are water-logged and therefore cars will not be able to park on the grounds as they may get bogged down and damage the grassed areas. There is parking on the empty lot in Charles Street adjacent to the Girl Guides Hall.
Run Dates & Times: Lake Macquarie Live Steam Locomotive Society has now advised that they will be opening to the general public for end of month public rides starting in May. Trains will run from trains running from 12:30pm until 3:30pm. Their public ride days will be on the last Sunday of each month excluding December.
Here are the 2022 dates to mark in your calendar (weather permitting):
- Sunday 29 May 2022
- Sunday 26 June 2022
- Sunday 31 July 2022
- Sunday 28 August 2022
- Sunday 25 September 2022
- Sunday 30 October 2022
- Sunday 27 November 2022
Cost: There will now be a charge to ride at the Edgeworth Trains. Cost is two tickets for $5 ($2.50 a ticket).
Footwear: Fully enclosed footwear must be worn to ride the trains. This means no sandals, thongs or bare feet – joggers are best
Safety: Please note that no photography or video recording is allowed while riding on the trains because of safety reasons.
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