The 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the railway in the Lithgow local government area is to be celebrated on Saturday 19 October with events around the district.

The Lithgow district has some world class industrial heritage attractions and engineering masterpieces worth celebrating, none more so than the arrival of the railway which was extended from Mt Victoria through to Bowenfels in 1869, encompassing the engineering feat of the great Lithgow Zig Zag.  To commemorate this historic achievement Lithgow Council is collaborating with Transport Heritage NSW on Saturday 19 October for the Lithgow Rail 150 celebrations.

Lithgow Mayor Ray Thompson said today “Such a milestone needs to be celebrated and there are some fitting festivities taking place around the district on Saturday 19th October. Transport Heritage NSW will be bringing the famous ‘Garrett’ steam locomotive and Lachlan Valley Railway will be running shuttles between Lithgow and Wallerawang Railway Stations.”

Official commemoration will take place at Bowenfels Railways Station which will also include live music, exhibitions and roving entertainment. Lithgow Visitor Information Centre and Gang Gang Gallery will feature exhibitions and Eskbank Railway Station will have a model railway display. A delicious Devonshire tea will be on offer at Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park Railway aboard the air-conditioned 1940’s Dining car, as well as viewings of the historic diesel motor.

All museums will be open on the day so get your cameras at the ready and immerse yourself in the world of steam.

For all the details visit and follow all the action on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @LithgowTourism or call the friendly staff at Lithgow Visitor Information Centre on 1300 760 276.