Walka Miniature Railway

About Us

 Enclosed Footwear is Required to Ride on Trains
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The Walka Miniature Railway is operated by The Walka Model Engineering Society of Maitland Inc. and is a member organisation of The Australian Association of Live Steamers Ltd, (A.A.L.S.) the governing body for miniature railways in Australia.

Picture of Walka Station

Walka Station

Closed in shed

Snake Gully Shed – Showing early temporary track work. This has now been updated.

The Society is a volunteer group of railway enthusiasts who take pride in operating this railway as a community activity and attraction. Our Track is approximately 1.5 km long and meanders alongside the lake then through native bushland to the terminus at “Cedar Place”. The trains then return to the start at Walka Station.
The railway now operates on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from “Walka Station” located at the main parking and picnic area next to the lake.
A program of continued improvement has been undertaken since the Society took over the facility from Maitland Council with upgrades to the track, rolling stock and facilities. We have grown from the original single locomotive to the current three in the last few years in addition to more than doubling our carriage numbers. In addition several members have their own locomotives in operation including now five working steam engines which are very popular when running and taking passengers for a trip to remember.

Each year the society makes a substantial charity donation.

New Active Members are Welcome! We would like keen people to join us in running this wonderful attraction in Maitland.

The Walka Waterworks Reserve is approx. 2 km from the Maitland Courthouse, up river at Oakhampton. The tall Walka chimney is clearly visible in the area.

Picture of the Waterworks

Historic Pump-house and Tall Chimney

WMR operates as a member organisation of The Australian Association of Live Steamers Ltd. (A.A.L.S.), the governing body for miniature railways in Australia.

History: Did you know that a 6ft (1.8m) brick tunnel ran from the nearby Hunter River to the Walka Lagoon enabling water to be pumped  through the  filters at the “works” and then to Newcastle in 1886. This was Newcastle’s first reliable water supply.