Miniature steam trains roll back in to offer ride

BOYS and girls alike are fascinated by the clickety-clack and chugga-chug of steam trains from the time they are toddlers – it’s no secret that the young and the young at heart love trains.

After an 18-month delay due to Covid, Bankstown Steam Locomotive Society (BSLS) miniature trains are rolling back into Ruse Park (corner of Cottam and Hoskins avenues) on December 11 from 10.30am for a day of fun rides and family picnics with barbecue facilities nearby.
A non-profit hobby society formed in 1967, BSLS members share a common interest in steam trains, traction engines and model engineering.
BSLS President Mike Smith says that over the years, the club which is like a ‘focused men’s shed’, has built 1100m of track and are excited to get back to their member works days on the first Saturday of the month which are great days to drop in and find out more, as well as their public ride days on the second Saturday of the month.
“It’s amazing that if you ask a child what noise a train makes, they will usually say ‘choo choo’ thanks to shows such as Thomas the Tank Engine and of course, the famous Hogwarts Express in Harry Potter,” he said.
“But of course, trains today do not make that sound and are big and imposing; these miniature steam trains are close to the ground, safe and the perfect way to get a glimpse into history.”
Rides cost $2 each and proof of vaccination will be required for the over 16s.