From the Maitland Mercury report:
The Burton Automotive Group Maitland Steamfest is tipped to feature a number of firsts this year to celebrate the event's 30th anniversary.
A four-train race, a record crowd and the opening of the railway line through to Cessnock are just three of the highlights organisers hope they can pull off.
One of the event's organisers and Maitland councillor Peter Garnham said Steamfest 2016 had attracted widespread national and international attention and he tipped an 80,000-strong crowd to visit Maitland over the two days on April 9 and 10.
"Some of the events we have planned this year can't happen every year, but we are committed to getting them off the ground for this very special anniversary," Cr Garnham said.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Jan. 4, 2016.