Come and Live in the Past!

The North West Zephyr

Saturday, 17 August 2019

ONLY A FEW SEATS REMAINING!

 

Sunday, 18 August 2019

JUST ANNOUNCED DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND!

 

Travel in style behind classic streamlined diesel-electric locomotive 42103 from Maitland to Werris Creek (and return) on Saturday, 17 August or Sunday, 18 August 2019.

 

Ride in our stunning air-conditioned Zephyr Club Lounge cars or chose air-conditioned Standard seating or Open Windowed Economy seating.

Settle down and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as we head north over the Liverpool Range and into the New England district of New South Wales.

You’ll have plenty of time for a relaxing lunch in our ex-Indian Pacific dining car before our 90 minute stop at Werris Creek where you can stretch your legs and visit the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum located within the station precinct. On the return journey, The North West Zephyr will whisk you home through the golden afternoon sun and into the night.

 

Fares

Economy open-windowed seating — $45 Child–$75 Adult

Standard air-conditioned seating — $55 Child–$85 Adult

Zephyr Club Lounge — $130

 

Timetable*

(outbound journey)

Maitland — dep9:30am

Singleton — dep10:10am

Muswellbrook — dep11:00am

 Quirindi — arr2:10pm

Werris Creek — arr2:30pm

(return journey)

Werris Creek — dep4.00pm

Quirindi — dep4:20pm

Muswellbrook — arr6:25pm

Singleton — arr7:30pm

Maitland — arr8:20pm

 

The Locomotive

The 421 Class locomotives were built by Clyde Engineering in the 1960s for the NSW Government Railways. Clyde built their diesel-electric locomotives under licence from EMD (Electro-Motive Division of General Motors) and feature the classic streamlined nose made famous in the 1940s and ’50s through railroad advertising of the time. 42103 is privately owned and supplied by our dedicated volunteer, Craig Prior — or ‘Chum’. He has restored the locomotive into its 1980s-era livery — affectionately known as ‘The Candy Scheme’ and named the loco ‘Chumster’.

 

The Train

The train is made up of air-conditioned rolling stock formally used on train such as The Newcastle Express, The Daylight Express and The Indian Pacific. We have an open-windowed Economy Class carriage for those who like the fresh air and to enjoy the sound of the ‘GM’ diesel locomotive working away up front. For something special, book in one of the Zephyr Club Lounge cars, each featuring bar service, complimentary sparkling wine, tea or coffee and cheese platters. There are two Air-Conditioned Standard seating carriages with a range of fares for Adults, Children and Seniors.

 

The Dining Car

Light snacks and meals will be available to purchase in our ex-Indian Pacific dining car. The Dining Car will be open for Morning Tea, Lunch and again for Afternoon Tea on the return journey with items available to order from the menu.

 

Bars

There are two bars located in the Zephyr Club Lounge cars where a selection of wines, beers, spirits, soft drinks  and a selection of bar snacks may be purchased.

 

The Destinations

Quirindi Township:

For passengers alighting at Quirindi, there are a number of bars and cafés, plus ATMs within a short walk from the station.

 

Werris Creek Township:

While in Werris Creek, be sure to check out the heritage listed railway station and the Australian Railway Monument and Rail Journeys Museum located within the station precinct.

 

The Picnic Train is proudly operated by Sydney Rail Services.