There’s a period dress competition that all aspiring “flappers” and their fellas will want to make a beeline for.
Valley Heights Railway Museum is hosting the return of the popular event on Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28. Judging is at 3pm on Sunday, but there’s no need to be onsite to claim one of four great prizes.
The Blue Velvets, well known to jazz lovers across the Mountains, will be treating visitors to a session of their own smooth interpretations of sultry jazz classics from 11am until 2pm on Saturday.
The museum, as part of its “Trains, Trams and Ts” event, will have displays of vintage Model T Fords. On both days there is also a morse code demonstration by the Sydney Morsecodians.
On Sunday, kids can take part in an old school classroom re-enactment by the Nepean District Historical Society.
Last but not least, visual artist Celeste Coucke will make a visit on Sunday with another “hands-on” opportunity to be involved in a major art project. Lives on the Line encourages all visitors, young and old, to make clay impressions of early railway artefacts. 8,447 pieces will be made and embedded in the floor of Trainworks at Thirlmere to recognise the 8,447 NSW railwaymen who volunteered for service in World War I.
All the museum’s usual exhibits and activities are also included in the standard admission fees. Enjoy unlimited rides on the historic Sydney Steam Tram, clamber aboard steam trains and carriages spanning over 100 years of railway history, view model layouts and a unique collection of original paintings. Understand the contribution to the local community made by the 80 men that worked there in the Loco Depot’s heyday.
Open from 10am until 4pm on both days (last rides at 3.30), Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum is located at 17b Tusculum Road, Valley Heights.
Ford details: 4751 4638 or www.infobluemountains.net.au/locodepot.