Birthday party at Orange railway station to celebrate 140 years of train travel

FULL STEAM AHEAD: It's 140 years since the first steam train rolled into Orange. Photo: ODHS

FULL STEAM AHEAD: It's 140 years since the first steam train rolled into Orange. Photo: ODHS

It’s party time at the railway station on Wednesday April 19 when the 140th anniversary of the first train arriving at Orange will be celebrated.

Orange City Council’s Services Policy committee chair Cr Ron Gander said the celebrations would greet the arrival of the train from Sydney.

“There will be a free family fun day on April 19 at the station with a birthday cake, a jumping castle and a barbecue from 11am,” he said.

“No need to book just come along.”

There will also be display of historic railway photos at the Orange City Library until April 22.

And you can watch a classic British comedy film, The Titfield Thunderbolt, at a special screening from 6.15pm on April 19 at the Odeon 5 cinemas in Orange.

The movie tells of a town’s efforts to keep its railway running.