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03 Apr 2013

New Scenic Railway Experience Opens

Following an award-winning redevelopment in 2013, this unforgettable experience is open to a new generation of passenger.

Following an award-winning redevelopment in 2013, this unforgettable experience offers glass-roofed carriages with expansive views of the rainforest setting and spectacular Jamison Valley. Operating since 1945, the Scenic Railway has thrilled 25 million passengers – this is the fifth generation train to ride the tracks since the Hammon family opened the attraction.

Custom designed carriages allow passengers to choose their own adventure like never before, adjusting their seated position up to 20 degrees! Choose an adventurous ‘Cliffhanger’ ride at a steep 64 degree incline, or for those seeking a relaxed journey select the ‘Laid Back’ option. Of course, loyal fans can still ride the ‘Original’ at 52 degrees (128% incline)

The project and the team of architects, project managers and construction professionals that helped us realise it, has received the following industry awards:

  • 2013 Blue Mountains Lithgow Tourism Awards –
    New Tourism Development
  • 2013 Master Builders Australia –
    Toyota National Civil / Infrastructure Award (under $25 million)
  • 2013 NSW Master Builders Australia –
    Public Buildings $10,000,001 to $25,000,000
  • 2013 NSW Master Builders Australia –
    Innovation Construction Technology/Equipment
  • 2013 NSW Master Builders Australia –
    Best Use of Steel
  • 2013 NSW Master Builders Australia –
    Site Safety Commercial Projects $10,000,001 to $25,000,000
  • 2013 NSW Australian Institute of Project Management –
    Finalist, Project Management Achievement Awards
  • 2014 Australia Institute of Building NSW Professional Excellence in Building Awards –
    Building Professional of the Year for Commercial Construction $10 million to $50 million awarded to Hylton Bloch, Grindley Construction
  • 2014 Australia Institute of Building NSW Professional Excellence in Building Awards –
    Professional Excellence Award for Commercial Construction $10 million to $50 million 
  • 2014 Australian Steel Institute Steel Excellence Awards –
    Winner, NSW/ACT Engineering Projects
  • 2014 Australian Steel Institute Steel Excellence Awards –
    Winner, National Engineering Project 
  • 2014 Australian Institute of Building Professional Excellence in Building Awards –
    National Professional Excellence Award ($10-50 million) 
  • 2014 Australian Institute of Building Professional Excellence in Building Awards –
    National Building Professional of the Year for Commercial Construction ($10 million to $50 million) awarded to Hylton Bloch, Grindley Construction
  • 2014 Sydney Engineering Excellence Awards –
    Finalist, Project Management

Watch the story of constructing the new Scenic Railway experience – all on a 52 degree incline!