Ghost train and travelling show: Lithgow Halloween highlights

TRAVELLING MEDICINE SHOW: Martin van der Meyden and Ian Rufus with members of Lithgow Living History bicycle made by Stephen Cunningham. Picture: SUPPLIED.

TRAVELLING MEDICINE SHOW: Martin van der Meyden and Ian Rufus with members of Lithgow Living History bicycle made by Stephen Cunningham. Picture: SUPPLIED.

As preparations for Halloween go full steam ahead, Lithgow City Council and Lithgow Living History have given some tantalizing tip-offs about what they are planning for Lithgow’s Halloween Festival on October 28. 

Lachlan Valley Rail will be sending a vintage train to transport trick-or-treaters from Bathurst to Lithgow in style. The train will depart Bathurst at 2.30pm will return to Bathurst, leaving Lithgow at 9pm.

“Each year Lithgow Halloween attracts lots of families from Bathurst and the Central West and what a better way to arrive in Lithgow than a classic vintage train,” Mayor Stephen Lesslie said.

Martin van der Meyden with members of Lithgow Living History bicycle made by Stephen Cunningham. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Martin van der Meyden with members of Lithgow Living History bicycle made by Stephen Cunningham. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Lithgow residents can join in the locomotive fun with a ghost-train departing from Lithgow train station at 4.30pm through the Ten Tunnels to Mt Victoria. The return journey will arrive back in time for the Halloween parade. 

Some less welcome out of towners will be arriving in Lithgow via bicycle-powered wagon to sell questionable medicines and potions to passersby. 

"We will be travelling so that by the time you have taken the medicine and found out how useful it is we will be in the next town."

Ian Rufus

“In keeping with the ‘Abandoned Circus’ theme, Lithgow Living History will be re-enacting a traveling medicine show,” Ian Rufus, a member of Lithgow Living History, revealed.

“We will be travelling so that by the time you have taken the medicine and found out how useful it is we will be in the next town. When you see some of the medicines you will see how this could be necessary,” he said. 

The traveling medicine show will be performed by members of Lithgow’s creative re-enactment group and feature a bicycle that has been ‘upcycled’ into a wagon by local artist and sculptor Stephen Cunningham. 

“While a horse and wagon was generally used, in keeping with the urban nature of Lithgow we will have a bicycle powered one. One of the past patients will be steering our tandem bicycle - might not be the best advertisement for us? You will have to see for yourself!” 

Main Street business Bianca Villa will be decorating the custom-made bicycle and creating a shopfront display to go with the abandoned circus theme. 

If you are interested in taking part in Lithgow Living History’s performance call Ian Rufus on 6351 2095.