Everyone loves a train ride and this month the Kandos Bicentennial Industrial Museum has organised two train trips on the lovingly restored motorail the ‘Kandos Express’ coinciding with the Pirate Festival in Kandos on Saturday, September 19.
The first trip is called the ‘Kandos Explorer’ and is a return trip from Lithgow to Kandos including a Kandos Museum tour, shuttle bus and memorabilia package from 11am to 5pm. Ride the rails from Lithgow Station to Kandos Museum through the spectacular Capertee Valley on the twin-car railmotor.
Starting at Lithgow Railway Station, your journey will take you past Wallerawang before heading north-west past the Gardens of Stones National Park and on to Pearson's Lookout at Capertee. The journey pauses at the lookout allowing passengers to take in the world class view and a rare photographic opportunity.
It’s then on through the Capertee Tunnel and into the valley with its myriad views and points of interest before climbing towards Carlos Gap and through a second tunnel to Brogan's Creek where steam trains once watered.
From there it’s a short ride to Kandos Railway Station and time to stretch the legs and join in the fun of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on the railway green or catch the shuttle bus for your included Kandos Museum tour. The day is a very special day for the Kandos Museum with the official handing over of the Kandos Cement Works Ambulance for permanent display at 1.30pm. Cost of the trip is $90 adults $45 under 16 years. The train arrives in Kandos at around 12.50pm and departs at 3.30pm.
The second trip is called ‘Brogan’s Run’ and will depart from Kandos at 1.30pm for Brogan’s Creek, then through the Carlos Gap Tunnel and return with spectacular views of the Capertee Valley. The train will return to Kandos at 2.40pm. Tickets for this trip are $20 for adults and $10 under 16 years. Just 100 tickets are available.