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The Canberra Historical
Railway Society hosts
various train trips,
ranging from short trips
Every weekend in our
Off the Street classes you
can make a bead or a beautiful
paperweight under the guidance
of experts. Each class takes just
20 minutes. From $25-- $65.
Visit our website for more
information on what you can do
at Canberra Glassworks.
Canberra Glassworks is an ACT Government facility
ADDRESS 11 WENTWORTH AVENUE KINGSTON
OPEN WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY 10am -- 4pm
PHONE 02 6260 7005
Try a glass class
After a brief stop in Queanbeyan to
collect more passengers, we continue
steadily down the tracks and pass
alongside the magnificent Molonglo
Gorge. Even though the weather was
overcast when we left, the sun soon peeps
out from behind a cloud and the trip to
Bungendore is made even more pleasant.
We are travelling in a carriage that
is remarkably more than 100 years old.
The four classic-end carriages were
built between 1905 and 1908 and after
a long life of service, were sold to the
society in 1975.
Passengers on a Bungendore Market
Day Special may be pulled along by one
of two operational steam engines. Today
we are being hauled by the Locomotive
3016, built in 1903, which came to
the society in 1978 and has since been
restored twice. This engine is a clear
attraction for the many travelling families,
with small children amazed at the noise
and smoke billowing into the sky.
We pass interesting views along the
way, such as a passing loop, known as
Farrer, which was used to speed the
passage of trains to and from Cooma
during the construction of the Snowy
As we approach the downhill route to
Bungendore we pass new houses and a few
people wave as the train travels through.
We spend a little over two hours
exploring the town and enjoy a delicious
and peaceful lunch at Woodworks Cafe.
Other passengers browse the local markets,
visit the many shops, or have a picnic and
walk into town to buy ice cream.
As we walk back we notice a
commotion at the front of the train.
Passenger service supervisor John Barlow,
who's been a society member for 25 years,
explained what all the fuss was about.
"I think what drives (the interest) is
what's up the front. You've got a very old
engine up the front. People who come in
the first class carriage are guaranteed a
look at the engine."
Mr Barlow 's love of trains began when as
a young child he had to travel 80 miles to
school every day --- he just got used to it.
Mr Barlow said he loved interacting with
passengers on the train, who were so
delighted to be experiencing the trip.
PASSENGERS: Harry Budd (left), Harry and grandfather Dale (top), the Cernovs family and children delighted by the trip.
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