TRACTION: Engines will be “in steam” and operating with all the sounds and smells of their original conditions.
TRACTION: Engines will be “in steam” and operating with all the sounds and smells of their original conditions. Contributed

Rail Festival building up a head of steam

AS PART of the Centenary of Rail Festival in August, Coffs Harbour will welcome some spectacular examples of the steam engine.

Noisy, smoky, inefficient and temperamental, steam engines drove entire industries, opened up opportunities and played a leading role in commercial, financial and social development.

Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association will be bringing three rare and beautifully-restored examples from their collection to the Coffs Harbour Centenary of Rail Festival - the oldest of which is some 125 years old.

There will be an old machinery display by Orara Vintage Farm Machinery, a collection of warbirds from Ballina/Byron Bay, a DC3 from Essendon, old cars, the tall ship Notorious and of course the opportunity for steam train rides.

Festival chairman Neil Manson said: "We are very fortunate to be getting these amazing machines, and to be able to see them actually operating".

"Put in the context of the overall festival they are just one more reason to put aside enough time over the weekend to stand, look, listen and, if you're old enough, remember."

For more details visit coffsharbourrailcentenary.com.au.



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