Volunteers needed for rail centenary

ALL ABOARD: Tall ship Notorious is just one of the attractions to be seen at the Centenary of Rail Festival.
ALL ABOARD: Tall ship Notorious is just one of the attractions to be seen at the Centenary of Rail Festival.

COFFS Harbour will celebrate the centenary of the arrival of the first steam train next month and a team of dedicated enthusiasts has been busy organising a line of events to mark the milestone.

From August 28-31, the Centenary of Rail Festival will take over the area surrounding the jetty and railway station with steam train rides, warbird flights, old cars, vintage machinery, the tall ship Notorious, model railways, model aircraft and more.

"We have planned the whole festival to appeal to the widest possible audience," committee president Neil Manson said.

"This is not aimed just at history buffs or railway enthusiasts, there's a whole range of sights and sounds and activities for all interests and ages."

While a small committee has worked to organise the event, they are seeking the help of volunteers to ensure the weekend runs smoothly.

People are needed for tasks such as selling tickets, managing gates, controlling traffic and guiding visitors on to trains and into seats.

"To make the event runs smoothly, we need people on the ground, we need volunteers to give us some of their time to deliver all the events in the most enjoyable way.

"It will be fun for the volunteers too, something they will remember for a long time and a strong supporting role in a major commemoration for Coffs Harbour."

Those interested in helping out are invited to attend a committee meeting in the lead up to the event and decide where they may be able to assist.

For information on meeting times, phone committee president Neil Manson on 0427 912 861.

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