Illawarra Light Railway to host Railway Journey event on Sunday

BACK IN TIME: A special 'Railway Journey' event will be held at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum's Albion Park Rail premises on Sunday, August 12.
BACK IN TIME: A special 'Railway Journey' event will be held at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum's Albion Park Rail premises on Sunday, August 12.

Train enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the Illawarra Light Railway Museum on Sunday and take a ‘Railway Journey’ back in time.

Burra, a steam locomotive that formerly worked at the BHP Corrimal Colliery will be operating on the day alongside miniature train ride Strathalbyn.

Volunteers are holding the special ‘Railway Journey’ event on August 12 at ILRMS’ Albion Park Rail premises, to celebrate the opening of the Ken McCarthy Museum building extension.

While the building, named in honour of the late foundation chairman Ken McCarthy, officially opened in December 2007, the building closed in 2014 for a revamp of the memorabilia, photographic displays and artefacts that the ILRMS owns.

The building reopened in late 2014 before work started on expanding the building in 2017. The August 12 event is being held to celebrate the completion of this latest work. 

Celebrations also include a special treat for kids, with a new play locomotive named ‘Puffin Billy’ placed in the kids play area.

Founded in 1972, the ILRMS also has a great picnic ground with wood-fired barbecues, while food and souvenirs will also be available on the day. A guided shed tour of the locomotive shed is a must for those keen to check out the many restored fine pieces of locomotive history. Visit www.ilrms.com.au for more details.