The Blue Mountains Flyer

Join the NSW Rail Museum for this special heritage train trip to the Blue Mountains and onto Lithgow to celebrate 150 years of the railway line to Bowenfels. Travel in your choice of three classes – Standard, Premier or Lounge to either Katoomba or Lithgow behind the Southern Hemisphere’s largest operating steam engine, Beyer-Garratt 6029.
Experience the golden era of rail travel on this very special steam train service from Sydney to Katoomba & Lithgow to celebrate 150 years of the railway line to Bowenfels.

From the moment you step aboard, you’ll be transported into the past. Enjoy an express journey through the suburbs, before the train slows for the steep and spectacular climb into the Blue Mountains, behind the largest operating steam engine in the Southern Hemisphere.


You can join the train at either Central, Strathfield, Parramatta or Penrith and alight at either Katoomba or Bowenfels (Lithgow).

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Choose from a range of seating and on-board service options:

Travel by Standard Class and be part of the action as the train makes its way to Katoomba and Lithgow.

Travel by Premier Class and be seated inside a stylish Edwardian-era carriage featuring polished cedar interiors with complimentary wine served to your seat on the return trip.

Travel by Lounge Class and experience the romance of rail with spacious open lounge seating, a private observation deck and gourmet morning and afternoon snack-packs along with a complimentary glass of wine on the return journey.

Option one
Alight at Katoomba and enjoy this vibrant and historic town at the heart of the Blue Mountains. Experience spectacular walks and lookouts, as well as great restaurants and cafes.
You can also explore beyond the town centre by taking the Blue Mountains Explorer Bus. With buses running every 30-minutes, you can see some of the Blue Mountains best viewpoints, waterfalls and tourist attractions at your own leisure.
For more information on things to see and do in Katoomba, visit the Visit NSW Katoomba page.

​Option Two
Alight at Bowenfels and be part of the Bowenfels 150th celebrations!
Bowenfels opened following the completion of the Zig Zag Railway in 1869 and was, for a brief period, the last stop on the line for trains travelling west from Sydney over the Blue Mountains.
Enjoy this rare opportunity to explore the Bowenfels station precinct and enjoy the historical displays, entertainment and a commemorative ceremony hosted by Lithgow City Council.
Following the ceremony, you will need to return to the town centre of Lithgow for the return train journey to Sydney compliments of Lithgow City Council who will be operating two shuttle bus services for your convenience:

Route 1: Lithgow Heritage Shuttle
Explore one of several historical sites, museums and galleries in Lithgow including the Small Arms Factory, Eskbank House, Blast Furnace Historical Site and State Mine Heritage Park (entry fees at own cost), before returning to Lithgow Station.

Route 2: Direct bus service back to Lithgow Station
Take a short 5-minute ride back to Lithgow where you can then enjoy the town at your own leisure before boarding the return train trip to Sydney from Lithgow Station.

You must allow enough time to ensure you’re back at Lithgow Station by 2.45pm for the 3.00pm return train journey to Sydney.

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Bowenfels Railway Station

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