All aboard the ARTC Great Train Race at Hunter Valley Steamfest

  • The Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest returns to Maitland for its 35th anniversary
  • The much-loved community event is back for 2023 after cancellations due to flooding and Covid-19
  • ARTC is a key partner in the event, facilitating the ARTC Great Train Race quad run

The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) have once again partnered up with Maitland City Council to celebrate Maitland’s steam and industrial heritage at the Burton Automotive Hunter Valley Steamfest.

After cancellations since 2020 due to Covid-19 and flooding, Steamfest is back and better than ever for its 35th anniversary, with the festivities to be held over the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April at the Maitland Station Precinct and surrounds.

A must-see event of the weekend will be the ARTC Great Train Race quad run which will feature four historic steam locomotives running parallel together whilst racing a classic Tiger Moth airplane.

Attendees can also explore an impressive collection of antique machinery and steam trains from across Australia, plus live music, kids’ activities, market stalls and more.

NSW Trains will be running additional services to Maitland Station which will place attendees right in the heart of Steamfest. For further information on travelling by train please visit

Wayne Johnson, ARTC Group Executive Hunter Valley, said:

‘Connecting communities goes to the heart of what we do. We are proud to play a key role in helping Steamfest take place for 2023.

‘The ARTC Great Train Race complete with a Tiger Moth racing overhead is a fantastic spectacle for the whole community, and we are proud to put on such a fun family event.

‘There will be something for everyone across the weekend, with a diverse program of family friendly entertainment and trains galore. Make sure you get your tickets and come say hello to the ARTC team’.

Maitland Mayor Philip Penfold, said:

‘Over the last three and a half decades, Steamfest has emerged as one of the Hunter’s biggest annual events, and we routinely attract tens of thousands from across New South Wales and Australia each year.’

‘The ARTC Great Train Race is the high point of the weekend, and Council works hard with our event partners at ARTC to put puzzle pieces together. So much work goes into making the event click into place behind the scenes.’


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