It's been more than 10 years since the iconic locomotive 3801 graced the Central West with its presence but now the steam train is set to return to tour the region incoming weeks.
Central West residents and visitors will be able to enjoy part of Australia's steam train history from June 3 to 14, thanks to a $3.5 million NSW Government funded overhaul.
The tour will include 90-minute trips from Bathurst railway station out towards Wimbledon (and return) on June 5-6.
"The 3801 will offer Central West customers the chance to go back in time with regular shuttle rides over two weeks," Bathurst MP and Regional Transport Minister Paul Toole said.
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"No other steam engine in Australia has captured the imagination of rail enthusiasts and the public as much as 3801, so this is an exciting opportunity for the Central West to take a trip on the State's most iconic steam locomotive."
The only steam train to have travelled to all mainland Australian states and territories, the 3801 was first launched in 1943.
Operated as an express passenger locomotive and later as a freight locomotive, the train was formally withdrawn from service in 1962.
Train enthusiasts will enjoy 60 to 90-minute trips from Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo, with Mr Toole crediting the members of Transport Heritage NSW for making this return a reality.
"I would like to thank the volunteers and staff at Transport Heritage NSW who have worked over the past decade to make this all possible."
Go to www.thnsw.com.au/3801 for ticket details.
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