From Friday April 11 to Saturday April 13 2008, Rundle Mall will be alive with the sights and sounds of steam, as South Australia’s Heritage Railways combine forces to bring a full sized steam engine into the Mall.

In conjunction with the South Australian Tourism Commission, the National Railway Museum, Pichi Richi Railway, SteamRanger and Steamtown Peterborough have joined in this STATE OF STEAM promotion to celebrate the era of steam, and bring it to the city public.

A 15 tonne steam engine—Skipper from the National Rail Museum—will be placed on a large low loader and transported to the Mall, by the Gawler Place Canopy, for the duration of the event for passers by to see.

The volunteer organisations that maintain and run these marvels of the past are located all over the state. However for three days they will be in Rundle Mall.

There will be displays from the various organisations around the state, and vision playing on TV screens. Passers by will be able to have a chat to the volunteers, and enter the draw for a major prize of a trip for two on the Ghan to Darwin, including return airfares. There are also prizes of steam rail travel and museum visits throughout the state.

“We want not only the railfans, but also parents and children, and office-workers all to discover the wealth of railway heritage we have preserved in this state,” said joint organiser, Des Egan.

It all happens on from 8am-9pm Friday April 11, 10am-5pm Saturday April 12, and 11am-5pm on Sunday April 13, in the Gawler Place canopy, Rundle Mall.

For further information please contact Cathy Smythe, Write Away Public Relations, 8388 2348, or 0488 512 939.