The Prime Minister's wife, Margie Abbott, was there and so were the top brass of the railways. The Make-a-Wish Foundation had assembled hundreds of children at Central Station for a steam-train ride to Rosehill and a picnic.
The chief executives of Sydney Trains and NSW Trains, Howard Collins and Rob Mason, gathered to be photographed with the 120-year-old steam locomotive. The railway band played carols.
But, despite the cheer, there was an air of tension around those in the know at Central's platform one on Thursday.
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"....is named for the first locomotive constructed entirely in Australia". How hard is it to check facts?