BORDER train lovers are in for an Easter treat with steam locomotive 3801 returning to Albury for rides after a lengthy restoration.
The NSW state-owned train was withdrawn from tourist service in 2007, a year after its last visit to Albury.
It has since been the subject of a drawn-out restoration with difficulties surrounding the upgrading of its boiler which was going to be replaced but has now been repaired.
The original bright green livery of the locomotive and tender has also been restored after it was coated in grey paint for its last Border appearance.
The 3801 will be in Albury from Easter Saturday to Monday, April 3 to 5, offering return 75-minute rides to Gerogery.
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Tickets will go on sale in early March at www.thnsw.com.au/3801
The Border stop-off will follow the 3801 being officially relaunched at Sydney's Central Station on the weekend of March 13-14.
From Easter Tuesday to the next Thursday, 3801 will be at the Junee Roundhouse before providing rides in Wagga on April 10-11.
The 3801 was built in 1943 and in service to 1962.
It visited Albury in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of World War II ending.
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