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Full steam ahead: Burton Automotive boards Hunter Valley Steamfest’s 35th anniversary

3801 Hunter Valley Steamfest

Hunter Valley Steamfest, Australia’s premier festival of all things steam, is proud to announce Burton Automotive as its title partner for the tenth consecutive event, ahead of its landmark 35th anniversary this April.

The popular event will be held on the weekend of 9 and 10 April 2022 and is expected to once again attract tens of thousands of people to Maitland, with one of Australia’s most loved locomotives – the iconic 3801 – making its first Steamfest appearance since a decade long restoration.

The 35th anniversary of this iconic event will include an expanded program that stretches into the night, with diverse activities that honour the Hunter’s rich steam and industrial heritage and activities that appeal to enthusiasts of all ages.

Burton Automotive Dealer Principal Norm Burton OAM says ‘steam trains and Maitland are a big part of my life and history. With ten proud years of support, Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest is undoubtedly a big part of our business.

‘It’s our pleasure and privilege to present Steamfest. The festival is a great weekend of fun, and I enjoy seeing the same sense of wonder in kids' eyes when they see the steam trains as I did when I was young.’

Chairperson of the Hunter Valley Steamfest Working Group Cr Peter Garnham says Steamfest’s 35th anniversary was ‘a sign of the event’s enduring popularity among enthusiasts and local families.’

‘It’s always an excellent weekend at Steamfest and with everything that’s planned, this year will be no exception.

‘I would like to extend a thank you to Burton Automotive and the Burton family for their continued support, which has allowed our City’s largest flagship event to expand and grow.

‘As always, the heart and soul of Steamfest is its impressive assembly of steam locomotives, and this year is no different.’

This year’s 35th Anniversary Rail Program, presented by Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC), will be headlined by the return of locomotive 3801, 15 years after its last appearance at Steamfest in 2007.

Alongside 3801, the largest operating locomotive in the southern hemisphere, Beyer-Garratt 6029, will also return to Steamfest with the ARTC Rail program featuring trips to Paterson, Branxton and Newcastle, with the highlight of the program being Sunday’s Great Train Race.

The full line up of steam locomotives, heritage diesel engines, journeys and rail timetable will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest 2022 train journeys will be on sale soon.

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