Festival on track

TRAIN buffs and families alike can take a trip back in time this Sunday.

The Tongarra Train Fest drew an estimated 500 people to the Illawarra Light Railway Museum last year and organisers hope for an even stronger turnout this year.

The annual event was officially established in 2010 and will again feature a range of family-friendly activities.

The Museum Society celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Society treasurer Brad Johns said the event had expanded from last year.

It will include diesel and steam locomotive rides, shed tours, demonstration trains, vintage car and farm machinery displays, motorcycles, SES displays and more.

Locomotives hailing from Queensland, Victoria, Corrimal and Kiama will be running.

‘‘It allows people in the local area to see what’s in their own backyard,’’ Mr Johns said.

‘‘They can take a trip back in time. There’s plenty to see, plenty to do.’’

Shellharbour Mayor Kellie Marsh encouraged the community to get on board with the event.

‘‘I love coming here as a parent,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a safe, friendly environment and it doesn’t matter what age you are, there’s something for everyone and it’s so affordable.’’

The event takes place from 10am-4pm.

Entry fees (including unlimited rides) are adults $15, child/concession $10 and family (two adults, three children) $50.

The museum is at 48a Tongarra Road, Albion Park Rail.

For more information, phone 42564627 or visit www.ilrms.com.au.

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