Macquarie Light Rail is located near the township of
Toronto on the western shores of Lake Macquarie, 20 km south of
Newcastle in the State of New South Wales, Australia.
Railway, built to 2 foot gauge (610 mm), is privately owned but
operated by a group of friends who meet regularly.
basic objectives were to establish and operate a railway based
on the best possible restoration and operational practices and
track makes the best use of the 11 acres of undulating rural land
available and provides a basic but very
interesting circuit traversing a creek in two places and presenting
grades of 1:27. A figure eight loop allows for reverse running
with 2 stations, Onslow and Nomad servicing separate
entrances to the property.
project was started in 2002 and to date four locomotives
are operational on the railway: two petrol shunting locomotives
(No.4 'Twiggy' and 'Malcolm') and two steam locomotives - a Perry
0-6-2T (North Eton No.7) and a Baldwin 0-4-2T (Fairymead No.1).
The Railway also hosts: two other Perry steam locomotives - an
0-6-2T (North Eton No.6) undergoing a full restoration and, 0-4-2T
(Mourilyan No.7) which requires minor work to become operational
once more, together with; 0-4-0T Krauss steam loco ('Jack') which,
under lease from its owners, is undergoing a full operational