BOOK: Buy a ticket for the heritage train coming to Kyogle’s pumpkin festival

Susanna Freymark

A visiting heritage train will make Kyogle’s giant pumpkin festival extra special this January.

A 620 Class two-car diesel will be taking passengers from Casino to Kyogle as well as offering rides to Glenapp in Queensland.

The 1961 train is run by the Rail Motor Society volunteer group.

Ninety passengers fit on the train and tickets are expected to sell out quickly once they are on sale in two days’ time.

Operations manager Bruce Agland and the group are running 100 trains in Coffs Harbour in early January and when the pumpkin festival committee invited them to Kyogle, they jumped at the chance.

“It’s a bit of nostalgia for old style travel,” Bruce said about the popularity of heritage trains.

Tickets are available here

The Summerland Giant Pumpkin and Watermelon Festival is on January 15 and includes not only a prize for the biggest pumpkin and roundest watermelon but also for the longest zucchini and cucumber.

Come along and enjoy the crazy, big vegetables and take a train ride too.

Ticket prices

Glenapp return

$40 adult, $20 child

Back to Namoona

$20 adult, $10 child

From Casino for the day and return

$30 adult, $15 child

Any infant that doesn’t require a seat and can sit on the lap of an adult travels for free

Here’s the train timetable :

Saturday, January 15

Casino to Kyogledeparts 8.35am (after the XPT)
Kyogle to Glenapp and return         departs 9:10 am
Kyogle to Namoona and return          departs 11:21 am
Kyogle to Glenapp and return          departs 12:23 pm
Kyogle to Namoona and return            departs 2:34 pm
Kyogle to Glenapp and return              departs 3:36 pm
Kyogle to Casino               depart 5:47 pm arrive 6:13 pm

Sunday, January 16

Casino to Kyogle        departs 8:35 am (after the XPT)
Kyogle to Glenapp and return  departs 9:09 am
Kyogle to Namoona and return       departs 11:20 am
Kyogle to Glenapp and return         departs 12:21 pm
Kyogle to Casino                               
departs 3:47 pm arrive 3:02 pm

The train is fully licenced and alcohol service will be available . This means no BYO for passengers.

Passengers can use their NSW Dine and Discover Vouchers for tickets.

I hear a train a-coming to Kyogle and Casino
The heritage 620 Class two-car diesel train will be in Kyogle and Casino in January. Photo: Contributed

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