SteamFest Tasmania is the major annual fundraising event of the Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society. The showcase of all things steam-powered was launched 21 years ago by a dedicated band of volunteers, and the 2015 staging boasted a record-breaking crowd. Among the throng of attendees was Benita Bell, and she’s been kind enough to share her photos with Think Tasmania readers.
Redwater Creek and SteamFest Tasmania
photos by Benita Bell
We enjoyed a lovely meeting with some of the delightful volunteers from the Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society, and wrote about the experience back in 2012. Along with a ride on the cute little steam train, we explored many highlights of the township of Sheffield as guests of Eagles Nest Retreat.
Astute observers of the Tasmanian events calender will know Sheffield’s major offering is almost upon us again. International Mural Fest, an outdoor art competition held annually in the Town of Murals in Tasmania’s north west, begins Easter Sunday every year. To coincide with the influx of tourists and art enthusiasts to the Kentish region, the Redwater Creek steam train will run from Saturday April 4 and continue right through Mural Fest until Sunday April 11. Otherwise, catch a ride on the heritage railway over 1km of restored track on the scheduled dates of operation. Check the official website for the Redwater Creek Steam and Heritage Society for more details, and snippets of information like this…
The steam train is hauled by a 1906 Krauss 610mm gauge loco and consists of Tasmanian heritage coaches – still going strong after more than 100 years!
Volunteers operate steam train rides on the first full weekend of every month from the original Sheffield railway station. Trains run every half hour from 11:00am until 4:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can also enjoy refreshments from the coffee shop between departures.
If Benita’s photos have inspired a note in your calendar, SteamFest Tasmania 2016 is set down for Saturday 12 March to Monday 14 March. Check the official website for particulars, or head to Main Street in Sheffield during Tasmania’s Eight Hours Day long weekend next year. This year’s event was officially opened by entrepreneur Dick Smith (see above), so you never know who you might meet next time!
Benita Bell lives in Railton and owns Daydream Photography. For more information about Benita’s work, visit Daydream Photography online or follow Daydream Photography via Facebook. Alternatively, you can phone 0497 655 034 and speak with Benita personally.
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