KANDOS Museum and Lithgow State Mine Railway (LSMR) have teamed up to bring a train to the Rylstone Show today.
The Rylstone Rambler will leave Lithgow at 9am and arrive at Rylstone at 11.30am where there will be a small ceremony to celebrate the line re-opening that will include a ribbon cutting near the Rylstone train station.
This is the first time a train has run on the section of rail line between Kandos and Rylstone since 2004.
Transport NSW have allowed the temporary re-opening of the section of railway between Kandos and Rylstone with Member for Local Government Paul Toole cutting the ribbon at 11.35am.
Chairman of the Lithgow State Mine Railway Michael Wilson said the ultimate aim is to establish regular railway tours to Rylstone.
“We’ve been working closely with railway construction company John Holland and Transport NSW to help make this trip possible,” he said.
“This trip will be very exciting as there hasn’t been a train to Rylstone for over a decade.”
This weekend’s trip proved very popular and sold out within 10 days of ticket sales.
Over 100 people will be taking part in the historic train journey who will then spend the day at the Rylstone Show before making the return trip.
People can join one of three shuttle trips running between Rylstone and Kandos on Saturday afternoon with tickets available at the Rylstone show.
Working with the already established attractions within the Lithgow Valley, LSMR hopes its rail operations will become the catalyst to bring more people into the city in a co-ordinated approach to make Lithgow a thriving tourist destination for the future.