Heritage Express - Southern Aurora Flights & Flowers, 20th - 23rd September 2013

  MC3801 Train Controller

Hi Everyone,

From Friday 20th - Monday 23rd September 2013, Heritage Express will be operating a Southern Aurora tour called Southern Aurora Flights & Flowers. The train will be visiting different places in Southern NSW, and the train will be travelling to a few different events as well.

Journey Highlights:

*WWII Pacific Theatre flying demonstrations featuring Hudson, Wirraway & Spitfire planes at the Temora Aviation Museum.
*Afternoon journey along the scenic railway line to Griffith for sampling of the finest local produce.
*Floriade at Canberra — a picturesque carnival of flowers on the banks of Lake Burley-Griffin featuring entertainment, horticulture talks and a Ferris Wheel for great views from above.
*Fine art at Canberra's National Gallery.
*Scenic breakfast journey down the rainforested Illawarra Escarpment and along the South Coast beaches.
*all-inclusive package, unpack once and relax!


Day 1, Friday September 20th:
Meet under the clocktower — board Southern Aurora at Sydney's Central Station.
Relax and unwind in the Lounge-&-Bar Cars, meet your fellow travellers over supper before retiring to your cosy sleeping compartment.
Overnight journey into the NSW South West Slopes aboardSouthern Aurora.

Day 2, Saturday September 21st:
Enjoy a cooked breakfast onboard, freshly prepared by the travelling chef.
See the spectacle of the Spitfire planes at the Temora Aviation Museum's Fly-In event.
Relax on a leisurely afternoon journey through farming and wine-growing districts to Griffith.
Sample regional produce at Griffith before a sunset 'Dinner-in-the-Diner'.
Overnight journey towards Goulburn aboard Southern Aurora.

Day 3, Sunday September 22nd:
Scenic breakfast journey through the Molonglo Gorge.
Morning visit to Floriade and lunch on the banks of Lake Burley-Griffin.
Afternoon inspection of Canberra's National Gallery of Australia.
'Dinner-in-the-Diner' along the scenic Canberra branchline.
Overnight journey aboard Southern Aurora.

Day 4, Monday September 23rd:
Scenic breakfast journey down the Illawarra Escarpment, and along the South Coast beaches.
Mid-morning arrival at Sydney's Central Station.


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  MC3801 Train Controller

Which locomotives are hauling this trip?
  tezza Chief Commissioner

The answer provided within your link...

The *"Southern Aurora"* will be capably hauled by Classic Diesel™ locomotives from the NSW Rail Transport Museum's collection.
  stephen88 Chief Commissioner

The answer provided within your link...

The *"Southern Aurora"* will be capably hauled by Classic Diesel™ locomotives from the NSW Rail Transport Museum's collection.

Not entirely. I don't think he was asking whether it was steam or diesel on the trip, but what diesels from the RTM's fleet were on the train. To answer the question asked in a little more appropriate detail, the locos on the trip were reported elsewhere as 4490 and 4520 (no idea what we leading though)
  MC3801 Train Controller

The train will travelling along the South Coast Line and the Illawarra Line on it's return journey to Central Station tomorrow.
  Jajb94 Deputy Commissioner

Location: In a BAM
4490 was leading 4520 on 6L66 Ex Canberra which departed at 1820hr.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Hi all, Today I took a Couple of shots of this Heritage Train as it Arrived back

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/9889166805/in/photostream/- Alco's 4490 and 4520 round the Curve into Mortdale Station

http://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/9889306063/in/photostream/- This time out at Kingsgrove, and 4520 Races the Train along the Mainline, as they hurry along towards their home base of Thirlmere, south of Picton

Kind Regards
  MC3801 Train Controller

Here is my footage of the train at Jannali.

  MC3801 Train Controller

We also had a look at some other trains on the day as well.


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