Depot marks birthday of 100-year-old

It was a world first for the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot’s Heritage Museum when they wrapped up their 100 year-old steam train and a 125 year-old tram recently.

On Sunday November 27 the museum’s hard working volunteers and amused visitors helped wrap the giant steam loco 5461. 

Dubbed “the 60-foot long wrap”, the event commemorated the train’s first day of life at the Clyde Engineering Co at Granville in November 1916.

Calling it a “truly special 100th birthday”, museum spokesman Keith Ward said “birthday paper was supplied for everyone to join in this unique and quirky experience”.

The museum also marked the 125th year of Sydney Steam Tram 103A. Born in 1891 it trundled though Sydney’s streets before being rescued from the wreckers, eventually finding its way to Valley Heights, following a long spell as a running attraction at Parramatta Park.

The museum’s volunteers are now preparing for their popular event on December 10 and 11 when Santa arrives by steam tram.

Happy 100th: The birthday of one of the best known fixtures at the Valley Heights railway museum was marked recently with wrapping, cake and celebrations.

Happy 100th: The birthday of one of the best known fixtures at the Valley Heights railway museum was marked recently with wrapping, cake and celebrations.

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