The roaring twenties heralded the start of ‘mass culture’ thanks to the creation of radio, the birth of advertising, mechanised manufacturing, and large-scale urban expansion. It was an exciting time in world history and was profoundly important to the development of western culture as we know it today. However the age of steam and the birth of the motor car industry was nearly 100 years ago (were not far from the second coming of the twenties after all), so every now and then it’s important to step back in time and marvel at what was achieved using steam-driven technologies, pre-iPhone communication and early industrial design. Head along to the Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum on Saturday, February 25th, or Sunday, February 26th, to soak in a little bit of history as part of the “Roaring 20s and all that Jazz” festival.
The last weekend of February 2017 sees the return of the “Trains, Trams & Ts” event at the Museum. Enjoy all the regular attractions including Trains, large & small, and unlimited 20-minute rides on the Heritage Listed Steam Tram. Special happenings include, on both days: Ford Model T cars from the 1920s; enter the Period Dress Competition* (open to all) with FOUR great prizes; kids can join the Historic Classroom re-enactment and learn the “Three Rs” – old style; then marvel at the display & demonstration by the Sydney Morsecodians as they revive the 19th century art of Morse Code. On Sunday, boogie or relax to three follow-up performances by well-known Mountains band, the Kate Woolfe Trio, as they perform their smooth renditions of 1920s classic jazz numbers.
So dust off your fedora, polish your wingtips, pick up your pearls and head along to this unique heritage site and join the fun. Tick off all the boxes with Trains, Trams, Ts and more!
Regular admission fees apply on both days (*no extra for competition entry)
Visit valleyheightsrailmuseum.info for details or leave message on 02 4751 4638