The 2024 Thirlmere Festival of Steam is set for May 18th and 19th, with the iconic Huff n’ Puff race on May 26th.

Organized by Wollondilly Shire Council and Transport Heritage NSW, it features steam train rides, artisan demonstrations, and a street parade.

“The annual Thirlmere Festival of Steam continues to go from strength to strength,” Transport Heritage NSW CEO Andrew Moritz said.

“Record numbers of people have visited the NSW Rail Museum for the event since the start of our new partnership in 2022 and we expect this to continue this year.”

This year, the festival will continue after sunset on Saturday 18 May, with a steam train ride behind locomotives 3265 and 3001 from Thirlmere Station towards Picton and return, as well as carnival rides, live entertainment, and an amazing fireworks display at 9pm to top off the evening.

On Sunday 19 May, the whole village will come to life with market stalls, a street parade including Ingleburn Pipes and Drums, live performances, as well as steam rides and activities at the NSW Rail Museum.

After the main festival weekend, runners will race a historic steam engine on Sunday 26 May in the Huff n’ Puff race which offers a 6.7km route from Buxton Station to Thirlmere Station, or alternatively participants of all ages can take part in the 3.5km Family Fun Run from Couridjah Station to Thirlmere Station. Entries are now open for this event.

For more information and to book tickets for the day or night train rides, visit