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Zig Zag Railway Run

Sunday 8th October 2023

840 Chifley Rd, (B59) Clarence NSW 2790


Includes a steam train ride from
Clarence to Bottom Points and return.

Lunch at your own cost after the train returns is currently being organised at another venue.


IMPORTANT: Zig Zag is extremely popular and bookings are filling fast. OUT OF 206 SEATS AVAILABLE FOR THIS RUN HALF HAVE ALREADY BEEN SOLD. The Club cannot reserve seats, so if you want to come on this terrific run, please book immediately as you will miss out if you delay.

     A. Book with Club Group
  1. Make sure that you have logged in to your account on this website.
    If you have more than one eligible vehicle, make sure that you have logged in with the account that has this vehicle listed.
  2. Click on the “Book Ticket” button below and add your entry to the Cart.
  3. Check your information in your Cart and then proceed to Checkout. This is at no cost and will register your booking in the Club’s Rail Carriage group.
    Your entry must be submitted to the Club as above so that your booking can be included in our Club’s carriage group.
B. Buy Tickets from Zig Zag Railway
  • Now that you have booked in the Club carriage group, please click here to go to the Zig Zag Railway online booking form.
  • Complete the Zig Zag Railway online booking form making sure that you select October 8th, 2023, in the drop-down calendar that first appears when you click on the Zig Zag link above.
    If you don’t select the correct date, your booking will be for the date you select and you won’t be able to board the train with the other Club members.
  • Select the 10:30am departure time and then the number and type of tickets required, then click on “Checkout”.
  • Complete the ticket holders names, check the “Terms & Conditions” box and then “Continue” to the payment page.
  • Complete your credit card details and click “Pay” to complete your online booking and payment.
  • You will receive a confirmation email, please click on the “Print Reservation” link under the QR Code and print out your Master Ticket.
    You will need to present this ticket to board the train so don’t forget to do this!!

If you have already booked and paid for your Zig Zag ticket online, please book your place in the Club’s carriage group by completing tasks 1 to 3 above.

You must be entered via both the HSVOC  and Zig Zag Railway online systems!



Over half the 206 tickets for this ride have already been sold as at 8th August, so you will need to be quick to ensure that you don’t miss out!

There are no holds for the club so bookings are essential.

The ride is from Clarence to Bottom Points, and Return on the 10:30am train from Clarence on Sunday the 8th of October.

Meeting Point is the McDonalds car park at 242 Windsor Road (corner of Groves Avenue) Vineyard NSW at 7:45am.

Drivers Briefing 8:15am

Depart 8:30am

Arrive at Clarence 10:00am

Train departs at 10:30am

Lunch at your own cost after the train returns is currently being organised at another venue.



  1. Fill your car with fuel before you get to the meeting point.
  2. Drive with headlights on.
  3. Tune to channel 18 on your UHF radio
  4. Do not overtake Run Leader
  5. Keep up with the group and don’t lag. Gaps over 3 seconds increases the chances of cars getting caught at traffic lights.
  6. If you get separated or break down contact the Run Leader on your UHF radio



The Zig Zag Railway was first opened in 1869 as part of the Western Railway line that linked Sydney with Western New South Wales. This railway line was used to transport people and produce from the western plains of NSW to and from Sydney.

In 1910, a ten tunnel deviation was completed and the Great Lithgow Zig Zag closed and the original formation was declared as a reserve by the Crown. 50 years later, the Zig Zag Railway was born.

Many will remember the Zig Zag Railway from their childhood – riding the train in the 70s, 80s or 90s. Come and relive the magic of steam trains and admire how much it has changed (and hasn’t) since you last came aboard.

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In the early 1970s, a group of volunteers founded the Zig Zag Railway Co-Op – a voluntary, not for profit organisation. The volunteers began to relay the track and acquire locomotives and rollingstock with the idea of restarting passenger services. The Zig Zag Railway Co-Op carried the first passengers in 1975 between Top Points and Bottom Points.

In 1988, the Railway was extended to Clarence, with the assistance of a Bicentenary grant and supplemented the steam train services with diesel railmotors on weekdays.

Unfortunately, in 2012 the railway was forced to close due to rising costs and the increasingly complex regulatory requirements of operating a railway. Following the closure, two significant bushfires and a flood devastated the railway and left the site damaged and volunteers with an enormous challenge.

Since then, our wonderful community has been working hard to return the railway to its former glory. This work has seen the restoration of locomotives, passenger carriages and all 11 kilometres of track – and we’re so glad to have you back!

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