Come and Live in the Past!

The Rylstone Rocket

Saturday, 28 September 2019

 

 

Travel in style behind classic streamlined diesel locomotive from Sydney to the charming colonial town of Rylstone. Sit back and enjoy the climb over the Blue Mountains and the stunning picture views of the world-renowned Capertee Valley with a glass of wine in the hand as we traverse the old Mudgee branch line. You will have the choice of destinations — Kandos or Rylstone.

 

Ride in our stunning air-conditioned Zephyr Club Lounge cars with exclusive access to our ex-Indian Pacific Dining car with included breakfast, high tea in the afternoon and dinner.

 

Other options include comfortable seating in our air-conditioned sitting cars. For groups, we have a strictly limited number of private compartments with opening-windows. Breakfast and other snacks can be purchased from our buffet car, while alcohol can be purchased from points throughout the train.

 

You’ll have plenty of time for a relaxing lunch at a variety of cafés and pubs at either destination and time to stroll around the historic towns before reboarding.

 

On the return journey, The Rylstone Rocket will whisk you home through the golden afternoon sun and into the night.

 

 

Fares

Standard air-conditioned sitter — $85 Child–$115 Adult

Zephyr Club Lounge (including meals n the Diner) — $250

Private First Class Compartment (seats up to 6) — $600 (SOLD OUT)

Private Standard Class Compartment (seats up to 8) — $650

 

Timetable*

(outbound journey)

Sydney Terminal dep 7.25am

Strathfield dep 7.40am

Parramatta dep 7.55am

Penrith dep 8.15am

Springwood dep 8.50am

Kandos arr 12.25pm

Rylstone arr 12.45pm

(return journey)

Rylstone dep 3.00pm

Kandos dep 3.20pm

Springwood arr 7.20pm

Penrith arr 8.00pm

Parramatta arr 8.20pm

Strathfield arr 8.35pm

Sydney Terminal arr 8.50pm

 

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 opening-window 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. There are two Air-Conditioned Standard sitting carriages with a range of fares for Adults, Children and Seniors.

 

The Dining Car

Meals are included when you book in the Zephyr Club Lounge cars. Meals are served in an ex-Indian Pacific Dining car.

 

Buffet Car

For those travelling in the sitting cars, a buffet service is available where light meals/snacks and beverages can be purchased.

Tea and barista-made coffee is available all day.

 

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

Kandos Township:

For passengers alighting at Kandos, the Railway Hotel and the Kandos Hotel are both a short walk from the station. The Kandos Museum is situated in Buchanan Street.

 

Rylstone Township:

The main Street (Louee Street) is a short walk from the station. There are several cafés and bakeries on Louee Street, such as No. 47 Rylstone, The Rylstone Wood Fired Bakery, the Saffron Kitchen and Café on Louee. There are two pubs, The Rylstone Hotel and The Globe (featuring an outdoor bistro), plus The Rylstone Club.

The Picnic Train is proudly operated by Sydney Rail Services.