Riding the Rail on-board the Heritage Train at Sydney Olympic Park
04 Mar 2013
Due to popular demand, a new Riding the Rails train ride will be offered every Sunday from March 2013 at Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park. The shorter and more frequent ride will replace the previously-offered ‘Heritage Railway Discovery Tour,’ as a more family-friendly version of the tour-activity to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Once used to transport missiles, torpedoes and other WW2 munitions, the Heritage Train at Newington Armory is today one of Sydney Olympic Park’s popular attractions.
Offering a fascinating and unique glimpse of times past, Riding the Rails takes visitors on a short-ride around what was formerly the Royal Australian Navy Armament Depot – a 52 hectare heritage site which is now known as Newington Armory.
The historic site features more than 100 buildings dating back to the late-1800s, including both large and small hidden explosives, storehouses, dwellings and a wharf.
Set amidst a landscape of undulating grassland and a scattering of mature trees, Newington Armory is situated between the southern bank of the Parramatta River and the suburb of Newington. The site can be accessed via Jamieson St, with FREE parking at Blaxland Riverside Park as well as nearby paid-parking at P5 off Hill Road.
Tickets for theRiding the Rails trip can be purchased on the day of each ride at the Armory Visitor Centre (located near the main entrance to Newington Armory) for $5 per passenger, with free rides for children aged younger than 3 years if seated on an adult’s lap.
With snippets of commentary from on-board Tour Guides, Riding the Rails will depart Newington Armory every 30 minutes from 10.30am–1.00pm every Sunday at Sydney Olympic Park.