Picnic races or a Sunday lunch? Ride with the Lachlan Valley Railway

HISTORIC: The Lachlan Valley Railway runs historic railmotor trains. Picture: Supplied
HISTORIC: The Lachlan Valley Railway runs historic railmotor trains. Picture: Supplied

Historic train trips will be operating out of Orange this weekend.

The Lachlan Valley Railway will be running its 1920s-era railmotors to the Condobolin Picnic Races on Saturday and to lunch at the Tarana Hotel on Sunday.

LVR secretary/treasurer John Healey said the Sunday trip was nearly sold out but there were still seats available for Saturday.

On Saturday the train leaves Orange at 9am, picking up at Molong, Manildra and Parkes before arriving at Condobolin at 12.25pm.

It returns to Orange at 9.50pm.

The $75 ticket includes travel and entry to the racecourse.

On Sunday the train leaves Orange at 10.30am arriving at Tarana at 12.35pm.

Mr Healey said the lunch train was proving more popular than the race trains.

“The Tarana pub is a lovely day out,” he said.

He said the train trips were part of the LVR’s plans to develop a base for its rollingstock in Orange.

The LVR has announced it would be running working bees to clean up the former depot site at East Fork to house its steam engines and carriages. It will seek funding for storage sheds.