Rail history and farmers' market will combine at Tarana

ON TRACK: The Lachlan Valley Railway Society will run a special heritage train to Tarana and Bathurst to coincide with the next Tarana Community Farmers' Market.
ON TRACK: The Lachlan Valley Railway Society will run a special heritage train to Tarana and Bathurst to coincide with the next Tarana Community Farmers' Market.

IT seems Tarana is all about trains at present - first it was the Bathurst Bullet trains, now stopping at Tarana and Rydal, and now it's a steam train, on its way to Tarana on Sunday, October 27 to visit the thriving Tarana Community Farmers' Market.

The Lachlan Valley Railway Society will be running the special heritage train to Tarana and Bathurst.

The train will consist of LVR's 1930s-style, corridor compartment carriages.

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Preparations are being made to feature LVR's 120-year old Express Passenger Engine 3237.

The loco is currently at Thirlmere having new super heater elements fitted.

LVR volunteers and maintenance crew are making every effort to have the loco ready for transfer to Lithgow in time for this trip.

Lachlan Valley Railway is a non-profit railway preservation society based in Cowra.

It operates a wide range of rail journeys featuring NSW's most beloved heritage trains, ranging from steam to diesel and vintage rail motors, right across regional NSW.

The crew are volunteers and the proceeds from the trip are used to fund the preservation of historic trains and steam locomotives.

Passengers can choose to take the Lithgow to Tarana return journey, or Tarana to Bathurst and back, or indeed travel all the way from Lithgow to Bathurst and return.

The trip is programmed around the XPT from Sydney, so it will be possible to come up and back by rail from Sydney for the day.

The train will stand at the historic Tarana station for about an hour, from around 11.15, so for those that can't make the trip there'll be a chance to explore the carriages, and even the steam engine.

It will be great for children - a real Thomas the Tank Engine - and, of course, a great opportunity for all the passengers to visit the markets.

Bookings are essential, and can be made on the Lachlan Valley Railway website, www.lvr.com.

While in Tarana, the passengers will have a great opportunity to explore the markets, and visit the Tarana Hotel and the recently reopened Mama Snow's cafe.

The markets are held every month, on the fourth Sunday. All stallholders are from the Central West and the Blue Mountains, and they grow, produce or create all their products.

The market supports the stallholders, community and, in particular, the Tarana Rural Fire Service.