Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ten Tunnels 100th Anniversary Celebrations

Ten Tunnels 100th Anniversary
16th - 17th Oct 2010


The weekend of the 16-17th October 2010 marked 100 years since the opening of the Ten Tunnel Rail Line. A fantastic feat of railway engineering which replaced the Zig Zag Rail system as the main link between Sydney and Central NSW.

The Ten Tunnel Deviation commenced operations on the 16th October 1910.

Today the tunnels are in generally good condition considering that they are 100 yrs old.

The wonderful sights at Zig Zag ceased in June 1957 when the electrification to Lithgow was completed. But it reopened in 1975 as the "Zig Zig Railway" to the delights of children and train enthusiasts who love the old steam trains.

Steam train rides were held from Katoomba through to Lithgow with a stop over at Wallerawang Railway Station. Heritage diesel locomotive train rides were all the go for the weekend as well with stops at Tarana and Bathurst for dinner.

I would like to thank Carrol Rogers from Meadow Flat who worked for me on that Saturday at Wallerawang Branch Library and took time out to take these wonderful pictures of the celebrations. To make it even more magical, it snowed on the Saturday!!

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The steam train that came out to Wallerawang was the 3237 from Lachlan Valley Railway at Cowra, NSW.

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