Last Saturday the Beyer Garratt locomotive steamed into Kandos. This huge locomotive was met with cheering and clapping by a large crowd of local and visiting spectators. Perfect weather, lots of market stalls, good music, gave the Kandos Railway platform and Green a beautiful ambience. There was much excitement in the air before the train arrived. The anticipation that was created, affected everybody and the final arrival was fantastic. The sheer size of the locomotive was amazing, impressing all.
As the biggest locomotive in the Southern Hemisphere, the Beyer Garratt weighs 255 tonnes and is owned by Phil Davis and David Sommerville and Heritage Transport NSW. The Heritage Railway was opened by Buzz Sanderson, Chairman of the Kandos Bicentennial Museum, Paul Toole MLA, Bathurst, Peter Shelly and Russell Holden, Counsellors, Mid-Western Regional Council and Rob Mason, Chairman, Heritage Transport NSW.
The crowds spilled into Kandos’s streets providing ‘Good Times’ to local shop keepers’ Although 300 people arrived by train, they were greatly outnumbered by visitors and train enthusiasts. Rotary were inundated for requests of their special, “Local, Roast Lamb Rolls.” The new railway will prove to be a boon for Kandos and Rylstone tourism attracting visitors to this beautiful region.
Rylstone and Kandos family fun day
Free family activities will be available at the ninth annual Rylstone Kandos Family Fun Day on Wednesday, October 10. Hosted by Council and the Rylstone and Kandos Interagency, the day is a showcase of local services and community activities.
All activities on the day are available at no cost and Rotary will be providing a BBQ and drinks for a gold coin donation. This year’s activities include an ‘Escape Room’ challenge and Trike Bikes for teenagers, a jumping castle for younger children, Chill Out area for adults, laughing yoga and meditation. Bring along your chair or a picnic blanket and enjoy live music and comedy, at the Rylstone Showground from 10am to 2pm.