The Picnic Train operates steam and diesel hauled passenger train services all over New South Wales to a variety of destinations. We are well known for the Kiama Picnic Train, our amazing one day trip to the coastal town of Kiama from Sydney.
We are pleased to inform you that The Picnic Train has a huge 2022 tour programme planned for our steam engines and would like to share some of our plans for major regional events that we hope to run with our followers. Please be aware, this is all in the planning phase and while some are locked in, all are pending COVID-19 restrictions and charter restrictions at the time. Tours will be announced on our website when finalised.
We are committed to running our steam trains for the people of NSW as often as possible.
May — Kiama Picnic Trains return
May — Dungog Day Tour from Sydney
June — Wollongong Steam Shuttles, Blue Mountains, and Southern Highlands Picnic Train’s
July – Maitland to Dungog Picnic Train’s
July – North Coast tour to Coffs Harbour and Wauchope
July – Hunter Valley Steam Festival with R766 and 5917
August — Sydney Tours
September — Weekend in Melbourne in conjunction with Steam Rail Victoria
September — Southern NSW tours from Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Cootamundra
October Long weekend – 70th Anniversary celebrations for R766 and 5917
October to Christmas – Kiama Picnic Trains
Steam Train Rides
Saturday, 11 June 2022
Sunday, 12 June 2022
Monday, 13 June 2022
(Trips depart Wollongong Railway Station each day)
Experience the excitement of a steam train trip as The Picnic Train presents three days of special trains on a one-hour return shuttle from Wollongong to Scarborough — perfect for friends and family.
Dungog Picnic Train
Maitland to Dungog (return)
Saturday, 2nd July 2022
Sunday, 3rd July 2022
Enjoy a half day tour behind one of our heritage steam locomotives on a short journey up the picturesque North Coast line from Maitland to Dungog. There is a choice of morning or afternoon trips.
Departing: Central Station, Sydenham and Campbelltown
Sunday, 19 June 2022
Enjoy the experience of a full day trip behind steam power as locomotive 5917 works its way up the Southern Highlands and on to Goulburn. Lap up the country charm of Australia’s first inland city for a leisurely lunch before heading back to Sydney through the afternoon.
Travel behind steam unassisted!
Blue Mountains Picnic Train
Katoomba to Lithgow and Wallerwang (return)
Saturday, 18 June 2022 - SOLD OUT
Travel behind steam locomotive 5917 as it runs a special return trip from Katoomba to Lithgow and Wallerawang. Travel in heritage 1930's carriages with opening windows while 5917 hauls the train unassisted through the blue mountains.
Kiama Picnic Train
Autumn & Winter 2022 dates now on sale!
Our signature rail tour is back for autumn and winter 2022.
The popular steam-hauled Kiama Picnic Train travels on the the South Coast line, heading through the beautiful Royal National Park along the way and on to the seaside town of Kiama.
Sydney to Dungog Picnic Train
Departing: Rhodes, Eastwood, Hornsby, Gosford (Return)
Day Tour from Sydney metropolitan area and Central Coast!
Saturday, 28 May 2022
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to travel ‘The Short North’ and the North Coast line on a steam day tour to Dungog and return.
Travel behind steam locomotive 5917 unassisted!