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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 passenger trains provide regular electric services between Sydney and the Blue Mountains and a daily diesel rail car service from Bathurst to Sydney and return.
  • NSW Trainlink Western services to the central west (Bathurst-Orange-Dubbo) and far west (Parkes-Broken Hill) New South Wales.
  • Journey Beyond Rail operates 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

Valley Heights Rail Museum

Tram 103 at Valley HeightsThe oldest roundhouse in NSW, opened in 1914 is home to the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum and Valley Heights Steam Tramway. Visit the roundhouse, ride the steam tram which plied the streets of Sydney in the 1890s, listen to the crew preparing a goods steam engine to assist a train up the grade to Katoomba, sit in the electric loco which replaced steam in the 50s, experience the opulence of the Caves Express, see the model layout of the depot in the 1950s and much more.

More information at the Valley Heights Rail Museum website

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.

More information at the Zig Zag Railway website.

Connects with NSW Trainlink services to Sydney.





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