Muswellbrook Railway Station celebrates a very important milestone this weekend.
The State Heritage listed site is turning 150 and there's a big party to celebrate.
The day will feature free train rides, historical railway tours, music, markets and food stalls from 9am to 2pm.
A 620 Class2-car diesel train will be hard at work all day with Paterson Rail Motor Society having free pick-ups from Paterson, Maitland, Branxton and Singleton and trips to Denman throughout the day.
The train will depart Paterson at 6.45am; Maitland at 7.25am; Branxton at 7.47; Singleton at 8.08 and arrive in Muswellbrook at 8.45am. The Rail Motor Society will then run four returns trips to Yarrawa, which is just beyond Denman, at 9.00am; 10.30am, 12.00 and 1.30pm. The return trip to Paterson will depart at 2.45pm.
The event will feature live entertainment will include the Muswellbrook High School stage band and guitar ensemble, Mark the Barber, Shyanne Irwin, Brady Cavanagh and Laura and Sara. Free activities include face painting and a jumping castle, classic car and miniature rail displays.
Muswellbrook Mayor Martin Rush said the station is a very important part of Muswellbrook's past but also now and into the future.
"The railway really was a critical step in the development of the town of Muswellbrook, the town had some large growth at that time because of the importance of the junction, the junction between the Great Northern, the Western and the Hunter lines and it is just as important a junction today with those three lines carrying around 80 per cent of the state's coal freight for example so still a very important junction."
"The railway station itself turns 150 and it is state heritage listed and a lot of events have been scheduled in order to commemorate this on Saturday," said Martin Rush.
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