The Zig Zag Railway, on the outskirts of Lithgow, was once called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. After being out of action for many years, and a few setbacks, including bushfires and a major flood, the Zig Zag Railway is back on track and open for business!
A marvel of railway engineering, when it first opened back in 1869, the Zig Zag Railway provided the very first rail link to western NSW. The carriages have been refurbished, but the engine remains unchanged, still powered by coal and steam. There’s also a new shop on site, with the historic Clarence Station clock on show, and plenty of merchandise to commemorate the day. There’s also the new Zig Zag Railway, where you can purchase pies and sausages rolls, baked locally, as well as Picnic Hampers for two, featuring locally sourced savoury and sweet treats.
Romantic and nostalgic, the steam locomotive takes passengers on a 90-minute return journey, through stunning Wiradjuri country, over the Knapsack Bridge, to Top Points where the locomotive changes ends. The journey then continues down to Bottom Points, for refuelling, before returning back to Clarence Station.
For those that have ridden the Zig Zag Railway – it’s a trip down memory lane – and for those that haven’t, get onboard for the ride of your life!