Our Destinations

The Picnic Train operates steam and diesel hauled passenger train services all over New South Wales to a variety of destinations. We are well known for the Kiama Picnic Train, our amazing one day trip to the coastal town of Kiama from Sydney. 

We are pleased to inform you that The Picnic Train has a huge 2022 tour programme planned for our steam engines and would like to share some of our plans for major regional events that we hope to run with our followers. Please be aware, this is all in the planning phase and while some are locked in, all are pending COVID-19 restrictions and charter restrictions at the time. Tours will be announced on our website when finalised.

We are committed to running our steam trains for the people of NSW as often as possible.


  • July — Maitland to Dungog Picnic Trains

  • July — Double-header weekend — Gloucester and Scone Picnic Trains

  • July — Hunter Valley Steam Festival with R766 and 5917

  • August — Sydney Tours

  • September — Southern NSW tours from Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Cootamundra

  • October Long weekend — 70th Anniversary celebrations for R766 and 5917

  • October to Christmas — Kiama Picnic Trains

Barrington Picnic Train


Maitland–Gloucester (Return)

Saturday, 9 July 2022

For the first time in history, travel behind ex-Victorian Railways R Class locomotive, R766 double-heading with ex-NSW Railways 59 Class locomotive, 5917.


Our train will depart Maitland and head to Gloucester on the scenic North Coast line. You will have ample time in Gloucester for lunch and to explore the village before returning to Maitland in the early evening.

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Scone Picnic Train



Maitland–Scone (Return)

Sunday, 10 July 2022

Ride behind double-headed steam locomotives from Victoria and NSW, as R766 and 5917 travel through the Hunter Valley on the busy Main Northern railway line from Maitland to Scone.


Enjoy the break at Scone before the train returns to Maitland, via Singleton and Camberwell Colliery balloon Loop to turn the locomotives.

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Dungog Picnic Train

Maitland to Dungog (return)

Saturday, 2 July 2022 

Sunday, 3 July 2022

Enjoy a half day tour behind one of our heritage steam locomotives on a short journey up the picturesque North Coast line from Maitland to Dungog. There is a choice of morning or afternoon trips.

Kiama Picnic Train

Sydney–Kiama (Return)

Returning in Spring 2022!

The popular steam-hauled Kiama Picnic Train travels on the the South Coast line, heading through the beautiful Royal National Park along the way and on to the seaside town of Kiama.