Are 4001 and 4701 both going to Steamfest, or have I been sucked in by a misprint?
Just noticed........3016 will be running shuttles from Maitland to the up refuge (dead end) opposite the (former) Hanbury Junction signal box and back, presumably to provide numerous short trips behind a steam loco for the many (e.g. with small children) who don't want to over-commit their time.
3016 is going to Steamfest too (under a hire agreement with THNSW - now confirmed in writing).
So a potential misnomer with only two steamers (3642 and 5917) has become somewhat more respectable with a third loco to be in attendance.
Surely the shuttles should run down to Hamilton ? Should of left the country end crossover in, Hamilton's re signalling needed more thought.The amount of thought that should have gone into the interim Newcastle truncation arrangements may be a matter for another thread. But with the Steamfest weekend augmented with additional Hunter / Endeavour services running into a Hamilton layout that struggles to cope adequately with the weekday timetable, I could understand a desire not to overload the place.