Zig Zag Railway, Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia
19th Century Engineering Masterpiece & Renowned Tourist Railway
On Thursday 17 October 2013 fire swept through the railway, following an outbreak to the west the previous day, fanned by strong winds.
Thanks to heroic efforts by the fire services no lives were lost.
But several houses were lost.
Alas much Zig Zag rolling stock was also lost.
See Press Release Zig Zag Railway Fire October 2013
For a striking video see Lithgow Fire October 2013
Download/play CEO Michael Forbes interview with Sydney Radio Station 30 October.
Services are further temporarily suspended.
We hope to restart in 2015.
'We Will Be Back'
Zig Zag Railway is a not-for-profit Co-operative that relies on ticket sales (when it is running)
and donations to keep the magic alive. Please help by making a donation.
Donations of $2 and above are tax deductable (for Australian taxpayers).
Click on button to go to donation page.
Click on 'Restart News' in the menu for more information.
Visitors: if you are missing the sounds of Steam and Railmotors look
at these short videos:
Showing ZZR Vintage Railmotors
Showing ZZR Steam.
Many thanks to Holiday Hunter for permission to use these videos.
Website visitors please sign the petition to the New South Wales
Save Steam and Save Heritage Rail
Zig Zag Railway appeals to children and adults alike, especially those who once rode behind steam locomotives on the way to school or on holidays. It is a magical step back in time, filled with sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era. Every trip from Clarence Station winds its way through the remarkable Blue Mountains' scenery, offering glimpses of grand sandstone viaducts, accompanied by the chuffing steam locomotive. It is a chance to appreciate the difficult terrain that confronted the builders and marvel at how they brought the railway down into the Lithgow Valley and on westward.
It is an experience that makes you stop, wonder and marvel - the perfect opportunity to create new memories.