An historic, 78-year-old steam train is set to return to Wagga next month after spending more than 10 years under restoration.
Locomotive 3801 was built in 1943 and retired in 1962, but was kept for heritage service until 2007 when the need for major boiler repairs saw it no longer able to run.
Last weekend, the train was finally re-launched at an event in Sydney, and it is now ready for a tour of regional NSW.
On April 6, it will arrive at the Junee Roundhouse Museum where it will be on display until April 9.
On April 9, fans of the train will be able to book three hour rides behind the locomotive as it heads from Junee Station to Cootamundra and back.
From there Locomotive 3801 will head to Wagga, where train enthusiasts can book hour-long rides to Uranquinty and back all weekend from April 10 to 11.
Rob Gannon from the Wagga Railway Museum said steam train visits usually drew strong crowds in the city, and after a year of reduced hours it would be a "special day."
"We haven't had much in the way of entertainment for the city in recent times," he said.
"I'm looking forward to seeing great weather, lots of families and kids and we'll make it a great day for everybody."
The Wagga Station Museum, Gang Sheds and Rest House will all be open across the weekend of April 10 and 11, with barbecues running for those who come to have a look or take a ride behind the train.
Tickets for both the Junee and Wagga rides can now be booked from the Transport Heritage NSW website.
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