A ‘Red Rattler’ train made the journey from Glenfield to Campbelltown Railway Station on Friday 4 May to mark two significant milestones in the area’s history.
The re-enactment celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Proclamation of Campbelltown as a city and the opening of the station’s first electric train line.
Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr George Brticevic, who wore the historical Mayoral robes on the journey, said the two events signified Campbelltown’s coming of age.
“They recognised not only the huge growth that had taken place since it was founded as a fledgling farming community in 1820, but its enormous potential for growth,” he said.
“It’s a potential that has exceeded all expectations. In 1968 our population was about 19,000 people. Today it is almost 170,000 and we are preparing to be home to a population of more than 270,000 in the next 20 years.
“Half a century ago, the State Government recognised what we Campbelltonians already knew – that this is a great place for young couples to settle and raise a family.”
Cr Breticevic said it was significant that local school students made the historic journey on a ‘Red Rattler’ from Glenfield to Campbelltown on 4 May 1968.
“It demonstrated that young people were – and still are – a central part of our community,” he said.
“Students from those same schools helped to re-enact the same trip from Glenfield on Friday, as did a number of residents who were part of the celebrations in 1968.”
Campbelltown Airds Historical Society and Sydney Trains Chief Executive, Howard Collins, also took part in the re-enactment.
Campbelltown City Library Service has created a display of memorabilia to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the city’s Proclamation and the electrification of the railway line.
The display, at the HJ Daley Library, includes the original City of Campbelltown Proclamation and photographs from the 1968 celebrations, and will run until 13 May.