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The Blue Zephyr — for Taylor

Saturday, 7 December 2019

 

 

Travel in style on the North West Zephyr — a very special run of the Blue Zephyr train for our colleague Taylor Williams. You will travel behind classic streamlined diesel-electric locomotive 42103 from Broadmeadow to Werris Creek (and return) or Saturday, 7 December 2019. All proceeds from this trip will be donated to Taylor Williams and his family.

 

Ride in our stunning air-conditioned Zephyr Club Lounge cars or chose air-conditioned Standard 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.

 

Complimentary hot and cold finger food plus cheese platters will be available all day. There are two bars in the Zephyr Club Lounges where beverages can be purchased.

 

There will be a 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 evening.

 

Fares

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

Zephyr Club Lounge — $140

 

Timetable*

(outbound journey)

Broadmeadow — dep9:00am

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

Broadmeadow — arr8:50pm

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

About Taylor Williams:

 

When Taylor was a kid, he would ride his push bike down to the ‘The Workshop’ at Rothbury every afternoon after school, helping Mark Stapleton, the late Michael Muter, Byron Muter, Reece Muter, Cynthia Denning and Daniel Ekert with the restoration of SMR 10 to return it back to service. Taylor was always going down to the workshop on weekends and painting bits and pieces on the loco. He was also involved in the R766 project when it arrived in NSW, restoration of the Number 4 locomotive for Newcastle Museum and also restoration of 5112 for Bathurst Council whilst also volunteering for Lachlan Valley Railway working under Mark Stapleton doing under carriage overhauls on LVR’s running set out at Cowra and at Eveleigh. In 2006, when the former Ozback Explorer arrived at Rothbury, Taylor was involved in the overhaul of the carriages into The Blue Zephyr — the very train carrying passengers for this tour.

 

Taylor joined Southern Shorthaul Railroad in 2009, becoming a driver there in 2016 before moving to Genesee & Wyoming in 2018, where he drives coal trains in the NSW Hunter Valley.

 

On the 22 September, two days before Taylor’s 27th birthday, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Bowel and Liver cancer, that has now spread to other areas.

 

How to Help:

 

You can help Taylor and his young family by booking tickets on Taylor’s train and donating on the GoFundMe account here.

 

The Picnic Train is proudly operated by Sydney Rail Services.