Why not take a ride on a the Kandos Express, learn how to sword fight, and learn about the old Kandos Cement Works ambulance on Saturday, September 19.
Kandos will come alive next Saturday with three events planned around town on the day for visitors and residents of all ages and interests.
While the Kandos Pirate Festival will make its mark throughout the morning, the Kandos Museum is planning three very special events during the afternoon
The official part of the afternoon will include the handover of the vintage Kandos Cement Works ambulance to the Kandos Museum.
“Cement Australia has generously decided to give the ambulance to us on permanent loan,” Buzz Sanderson from the Kandos Museum said.
“It’s going to be a fantastic thing for the community as it will allow us to participate in various community events, like the show, with the ambulance for years to come.
“The ambulance is a bit of a treasure in Kandos and its nice to know it will now makes its home permanently in town.”
Built upon a 1930 Nash motor set and chasis, the ambulance saw service both at the cement works and in the town.
The ambulance was last restored in 1987.
One of the original restorers, Dave Fuller, will become the caretaker of the ambulance while it’s in Kandos.
Mr Sanderson said the Kandos Museum will offer residents and visitors the chance to take a ride on the Kandos Express twin car railmotor.
NSW Minister Paul Toole will be making the trip from Lithgow to Kandos on the train for the ambulance handover.
There will be two train trips of differing lengths.
The first will see the Kandos Express travel from Lithgow to Kandos and back, and the second will ferry people out into the Capertee Valley and Brogan’s Run before returning.
The Kandos Express has been lovingly restored by Lithgow State Mine Railways, and features a 661 power car and a 726 trailer car.
The trip will start at the Lithgow Railway Station and travel past Wallerawang before heading north-west past the Gardens of Stones National Park and on to Pearson’s Lookout at Capertee.
Starting at Lithgow Railway Station, your journey takes you past Wallerawang before heading north-west past the Gardens of Stones National Park and on to Pearson’s Lookout at Capertee.
The train will pause at the lookout to allow passengers to take in the world class view and take a few photos.
It will then continue through the Capertee Tunnel and on into the valley with its myriad views and points of interest. The train will climb toward Carlos Gap and through a second tunnel to Brogan’s Creek before taking a short ride to the Kandos Railway Station.
After giving adventures the chance to stretch their legs, join in the fun of the Kandos Pirate Festival and take a tour of the Kandos Museum, the train will return to Lithgow late in the afternoon.
“There’ll be another little excursion for those visiting for the festival that will take interested people out to Brogan’s Run and Carlos Gap before returning to Kandos,” Mr Sanderson said.
“It will take guests out into the Capertee Valley through the Carlos Gap tunnel, which is always fun on a train trip,” he said.
The Kandos Express will arrive in Kandos at 12.50pm and depart for Lithgow at 3.30pm.
The Brogan’s Run train will depart at 1.30pm and return at 2.40pm.
The ambulance hand over ceremony will begin at 2pm at the Kandos Museum.
Tickets for the train trips are available from the Kandos Museum’s website, kandosmuseum.org.au