Kings of Steamfest

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Bloomfield Group subsidiary Kings Engineering stepped up to the ‘steel plate’ recently to support one of the biggest and much-loved events in The Hunter – Steamfest. 

Around 50,000 people flocked to this year’s Steamfest to celebrate Maitland’s rich steam and industrial heritage. Kings Engineering, with its proud history of providing engineering solutions across a range of industries including mining and rail, was again a proud sponsor.

Kings Engineering had a great presence on the Rally Ground on April 13-14, with crowds stopping by to look at the Kings machinery display and enjoy some popcorn.

Established in 1986, Steamfest honours the end of an industrial era following the closure of the last coal operated steam hauled freight service in Australia on the South Maitland Railway Line in 1983. 

At the heart and soul of Steamfest was its impressive assembly of steam trains. In 2019, Locomotive 3526 and 3265 were featured at the event alongside a Red Rattler and Tin Hare.

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People got to see how things were done in days gone by at the interactive rally ground display featuring a vast array of antique machinery from all over Australia including traction and portable engines.

The annual Show ‘n’ Shine was an impressive showcase of motoring history, bringing Maitland Park to life with over 400 classic cars, food stalls, live rock ‘n’ roll entertainment and fun for the whole family.

With this year done and dusted It’s time for King’s to start planning for Steamfest 2020. Put it in your diary for April next year!

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