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Railway services in the Blue Mountains, Australia.

Blue Mountains Australia

Main Western Line

Government owned electrified line, formally The Great Western Railway is now managed by Sydney Trains, who also publish the timetable for NSW Trainlink passenger services to the Blue Mountains.

Train operators

  • NSW Trainlink InterCity air-conditioned double-decker passenger trains provide regular services between Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
  • NSW Trainlink Western services to central west (Bathurst-Orange-Dubbo) and far west (Parkes-Borken Hill) New South Wales.
  • Great Southern Rail Aoperates the Indian Pacific passenger service which crosses Australia from coast to coast.
  • Various coal and general freight services are operated by Pacific National, Aurizon, Southern Shorthaul Railroad & other private companies.

Connecting Buses & Coaches 

Local bus services

Heritage Operators

Various operators run heritage trips to the Blue Mountains. You need to check their websites to see when tours are planned to the area.

Operators include:

3801 at Mt Boyce, Blackheath, Blue Mountains


3801 at Mt Boyce, with Megalong Valley and Shipley Plateau in background. Click on image for enlargement.

Photo: David Johnson, Railpage

Katoomba Scenic Railway

Tourist railway and steepest incline railway in the world (Guiness Book of Records). Originally part of the Katoomba mining tramways constructed between 1880 and 1900. Descends through sandstone cliffs via a rock tunnel, emerges to spectacular views and bushwalking tracks.

More information on the Scenic Railway & tramways
Bushwalking (hiking) Page


Lithgow Zig Zag (The Great Zig Zag)

Steam train on Lithgow Zig Zag tourist railway, Blue Mountains

Tourist steam railway. Originally part of the Main Western Line, and a major engineering achievement of its time, the Lithgow Zig-Zag (or switch-back) descends the western escarpment of the Blue Mountains.

Prominent features include sandstone viaducts, cuttings, tunnel and cliffs. Steam hauled services at weekends, public holidays, & NSW school holidays, midweek diesel railmotor service includes site and workshop tours.

Currently not open following major fire damage.

Connects with NSW Trainlink services to Sydney.





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