*** Currently, you must book in advance for open days at Galston Valley Railway and there are two running per month rather than one. Visit the railway’s Facebook page for the latest information and for details on booking. ***
Run by the Hornsby Model Engineers’ Co-operative, Galston Valley Railway is an amazing and unique experience, particularly if you have a train fanatic in the family! It’s a miniature railway with a main line length of about 1km running through a picturesque bush setting, with a mix of steam and diesel trains. And it’s right here in the outer Hills, although you’d never know from simply driving past!
The railway has been there for many a year and it’s lovely to see grown enthusiasts indulging their passion. It’s a great little outing, particularly with the grandparents or similar who might even recall it from many moons ago. We spoke to one lady who remembers taking her now 30 year old daughter when she was a little girl.
And that’s what’s priceless about the railway – it’s like you’ve stepped back in time to old fashioned fun, before ipads and pods and all that stuff abducted our kids! You can pack a picnic and grab one of the picnic tables to have morning/afternoon tea or lunch in between train rides. Or grab a sausage sandwich from the stall that runs on the open day once a month if you’re not up for bringing everything with you. You can even host a fairly cost effective birthday party there – it’s something different that kids would love and it’s great being outdoors. The only downside is unpredictable weather.
Entry for adults is $10 and kids enter for free. Then it’s $2.50 per train ride for both adults and children. EFTPOS is available for entry and rides. It operates on the second Sunday of every month, opening at 9.30 with rides commencing from 10am, and closing at 3pm. However, it won’t run if there’s steady rain in Galston on the day. You can call them to check though or check their Facebook page. Importantly, all train riders must wear enclosed shoes. And definitely take hats and sunscreen if it’s a hot day.
We’ve noticed that it’s been very busy lately so you may need to queue to ride the trains. But there are passing trains to keep little ones entertained.
It really is a lovely old-school tradition running each month that’s well worth the visit! Secret’s out now!
Galston Valley Railway
29 Mid Dural Road, Galston
More information can be found here.