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Port Waratah Coal Loop

Port Waratah Coal Loop

Back by popular demand, this is a real treat for all steam enthusiasts. The Port Waratah Coal journey will start in Maitland enroute to the Port Waratah Morandoo loop before heading west back to Maitland.

This journey is pulled by steam locomotive from Maitland, around the Port Waratah Coal Loop and back to Maitland.

The Steamfest Rail Program is proudly presented by ARTC.

All Port Waratah journeys will depart from Maitland and return to Maitland.

Steam Locomotive R766 will lead the whole journey.

TIMETABLE

SATURDAY

DEPARTS
ARRIVES
JOURNEY STATUS
9.20am
11.19am
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12.25pm
2.40pm
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3.15pm
4.54pm
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SUNDAY

DEPARTS
ARRIVES
JOURNEY STATUS
12.15pm
1.51pm
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3.21pm
4.54pm
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PRICING

TICKET PRICE
Adult: $46
Concession/ Child: $44
Child Under 5: $42
Family: $165

Traction and Portable Engine Display

2022 Traction and Portable Engines

6HP Brittannia

Manufacturer: Marshall Sons & Co Ltd
Britannia Iron Works, Gainsborough, England

Year of Manufacture: 1907

Country Assembled In: England

Type of Boiler: Colonial

Fuel Used: Wood

Owned By: Antony Pritchett

Location: Hunter Valley 

Restored By: David and Antony Pritchett

Description of Use: Engines of this type which combined a light weight engine and boiler drove pumps Chaff cutters and other agriculture machinery.
They were called portable because they could be carted easily around the country side as needed

Ruston Proctor

Manufacturer: Ruston Proctor Co Ltd of Lincoln UK at the company’s Sheaf Iron Works in Lincoln.

Year of Manufacture: 1913

Country Assembled In: England

Type of Boiler: Fire Tube

Fuel Used: Wood and Coal

Owned By: Jim & Lyndle Hawkes

Location: Kurri NSW

Restored By: Current owners and took over 6 years. The boiler work was completed by Ken Ainsworth of Goulburn.

Description of Use: The Ruston (known as Reverie) is an 8nhp double crank compound 2 speed agricultural traction engine. These engines were designed for mainly agricultural purposes such as powering (via a flat belt) threshing drums, chaff cutters, sawmills, pumps and land clearing.

This engine is also fitted with a winch that could be used to pull logs out of the bush and itself out of bogs. Water is carried in the rear tender and in a belly tank that is suspended under the boiler. Fuel is carried in the coal bunker that is located at the rear of the engine.

Timber is carried in the steel basket that hangs over the rear of the engine.

14 HP Marshall

Manufacturer: Marshall Sons & Co Ltd
Britannia Iron Works, Gainsborough, England

Year of Manufacture: 1911

Country Assembled In: England

Type of Boiler: Locomotive Type

Fuel Used: Wood

Owned By: Kelly and Peter Garnham

Location: Maitland NSW

Restored By: Peter Garnham and members of Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association

Description of Use: Engines of this type which combined a light weight engine and boiler drove pumps Chaffcutters and other agriculture machinery.

They were called portable because they could be carted easily around the country side as needed.

8HP Marshall

Manufacturer: Marshall Sons & Co Ltd
Britannia Iron Works, Gainsborough, England

Year of Manufacture: 1914

Country Assembled In: England

Type of Boiler: Locomotive Type

Fuel Used: Wood

Owned By: Ross Taylor

Location: Tamworth

Restored By: Ross Taylor

Description of Use: Used to saw Mill Equiptment

Bill Ives Marshall

Manufacturer: Marshall Sons & Co Ltd
Britannia Iron Works, Gainsborough, England

Year of Manufacture: 1925

Country Assembled In: England

Type of Boiler: Locomotive Type

Fuel Used: Coal or Firewood

Owned By: Bill and Daniel Ives

Location: Brisbane

Restored By: Bob and Bill Ives

Description of Use: Marshall 80161 was built in 1925 and arrived in Australia in February 1926. The Roller was imported for the Queensland Main Roads Commission by the Queensland Machinery Company. The roller was used by main roads in the southeast Queensland area.

The last known job was the Toowoomba range west of Brisbane. It was sold in the early 1960’s to Cyril Cadwallader for preservation. It was subsequently sold to a caravan park builder who used it to build a caravan park at Caboolture. It then went to a private collector and then to a couple of tourist parks.

The last park closed, and the roller again went to a private collector. It wasn’t steamable then and he towed it to roll his driveway with a frontend loader. One day the roller got away and dragged the frontend loader down the road.

Bill bought the roller shortly after that and he and his family have had it running for over 30 years.

Sanjex Seratti

Sanjex Seratti is a curious engineer from the Victorian era. 

His passion for tinkering, design and building contraptions has delighted the public at numerous events. A maker at heart, Sanjex has hand crafted lawn games with a late 1800’s theme that bring back “good old-fashioned fun”. 

Try your luck on the crowd favourite “Beat The Wheel” or have some throwing fun as you take the journey of the “The Knight’s Peril”. 

He also rides prominently on his Penny Farthing and enjoys educating the crowd about early bike history and its evolution. 

So “roll up roll up roll up” and witness Sanjex Seratti with his spectacular Vintage Wonders & Entertainments down on the Rally Ground from 9am – 4pm each day.

The Rally Ground

The Rally Ground is a steam enthusiasts dream, a bustling hive of activity, showcasing engineering ingenuity across a range of machinery from the era of steam.

With specialty steam and food stalls, Australia’s largest collections of portable, traction engines and vintage farming equipment brought together by the Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association, Trackless Train Rides, miniature train rides, Steam Powered Corn Cooking, Coal Shovelling, Steam Punk, our brand new Maker and Merchant Interactive space and more!

Carnival Lane

New to the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest program is Carnival Lane.

Located in Maitland Station Car Park right next to our amusement rides, explore showbags, face-painting, fairy floss, candy and visit a fortune teller and enjoy mystical moments and alluring troves of wonder and awe.

Carnival Lane will feature amusements: 

  • Space Jam
  • Dodgem Cars
  • Candy Swing
  • Cup n Saucer
  • Super Slide
  • Laughing Clowns, Lucky Tickets, Catch a Duck

Carnival Lane will be open on Saturday 30 July from 9.00am – 9.00pm and on Sunday 31 July from 9.00am – 4.00pm.

Kids Activities

Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest will host a range of activities suitable to the kids.

PAINTING A PORTABLE

An exciting addition to the kids activities this year is ‘Painting a Portable’.

The team at  Steamfest have been given an old Steam Portable engine, thanks to the Maitland Steam and Antique Machinery Association that will allow kids creative flair to fly and use their craft skills to decorate the portable over the weekend at Steamfest.

CARNIVAL LANE

Carnival Lane will be packed with all of your kids favourite carnival rides and for a Steamfest first will be operating until 9.00pm!

COAL SHOVELLING

A favourite for the kid’s on the Rally Ground is our Steamfest Coal Shovelling Races. Kid’s will be put into teams and will have to tackle a course in a relay!

TRACKLESS TRAIN

Another crowd favourite at Steamfest is our trackless train, the perfect way to make your way through the entire Rally Ground. 

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