Rail tours to secure Coffs Harbour festival’s future
RAIL tours on a historic rail motor this weekend will go a long way to securing the success of Coffs Harbour's inaugural Smoke on the Water Festival in August celebrating the centenary of rail.
The Coffs Harbour Centenary of Rail Committee, which is organising the festival has brought the hugely popular 90-year rail motor back to Coffs Harbour this weekend and next to fundraise ahead of Smoke on the Water.
"The money raised from the rail tours will go a long way towards our deposit for the tall ships and vintage aircraft we hope to attract to Coffs Harbour during the Smoke on the Water Festival," committee president Neil Manson said.
After the rail tours were advertised in Wednesday's Advocate the committee has reported that their bookings website experienced some difficulty.
Neil said the technical issues have now been sorted and people can freely book tours on the rail motor for Saturday and Sunday as well as next weekend.
With tours suitable for all ages, and able to operate in any weather, there are one-hour tour options for families, or 90-minute BYO picnic rides for adults.
Most family shuttles take the Coffs-Landrigans Siding-Bonville-Coffs route, taking guests north through the five historic hand-built tunnels of Red Hill before heading south to Bonville loop before returning to Coffs Station.
A limited number of family shuttles go on the Coffs-Coramba-Coffs route.
For the over 18s, the BYO picnic shuttles go from Coffs to Nana Glen and then back to Coffs, with others taking the Coffs-Coramba-Bonville-Coffs route.
All shuttles leave from Coffs Harbour Railway Station.
Tickets are available online or from The Observatory Holiday Apartments in Camperdown St between 10am and 4pm every day.
Limited tickets may be available from the volunteers on days when tours are operating, however advanced bookings are recommended.
Tour information is on the ezytickets website or the Coffs Harbour Centenary of Rail website.