Zig Zag Railway – Lithgow Pin This pin is in average condition.
This pin would probably be of 1970’s vintage as it was part of a lot from Europe which held other pins from that era.
For any railway enthusiast that collects such items it is a nice seldom offered addition from a very small railway infrastructure in the New South Wales hinterland behind the Blue Mountains.
Recalling the days of steam locomotives this little railway has been a dearly loved tourist attraction for many years.
I can personally vouch for the amazing feeling one gets when riding on the Zig Zag. Try it yourself, you will not be disappointed.
All metal engraved lapel pin.
The Zig Zag Railway is a heritage railway at Lithgow in New South Wales, Australia on the site of the famous Great or Lithgow Zig Zag which operated between 1869 and 1910. As built, the line formed part of the Main West line from Sydney across the Blue Mountains and served to lower the line from its summit into the Lithgow valley on the western flank of the mountains. The Zig Zag railway run steam and diesel hauled trains over the Zig Zag for tourists. They are unique in NSW as being the only heritage operator to run everyday except Christmas day. In 1975 it was decided to restore the Lithgow Zig Zag as a heritage railway, albeit on a different gauge (3 ft6in(1,067 mm) instead of the original 4 ft81⁄2in(1,435 mm)). Rolling stock for the museum thus comes from states other than New South Wales – Queensland and South Australia in particular. This was due to the difficult nature of obtaining standard gauge rolling stock from the NSW Government of the time. Thus the Zig Zag Railway cooperative was born. As of 2005 the railway is operated as the Zig Zag Steam and Diesel Tourist Railway.
The line has gradually been extended:
Bottom Points (depot) to Top Points.
Top Points to the first Clarence railway station.
Clarence to Newnes Junction (under construction in 2008).
*All biographical details taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only.