From the Maitland Mercury report:
Massive crowds encircled Maitland train station to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Maitland Toyota Hunter Valley Steamfest over the weekend.
Maitland City Council event co-ordinator Adam Franks said early estimates put the crowd at around 80,000 people across the two days, making it one of the biggest Steamfests in years.
“[Saturday] was a fantastic day,” he said.
“And [Sunday] was massive.
“It’s certainty the biggest in recent memory.”
Mr Franks said he put the success down to the grandeur of the steam engines, the expanded program aimed at celebrating the 30th anniversary and, of course, the Great Train Race.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, April 10, 2016.