The Blue Suede Express made its way from Sydney to Parkes

A luxury passenger locomotive shakes, rattled and rolled from Sydney to central west, NSW on Thursday to take Elvis fans and impersonators to the 2019 Parkes Elvis Festival.

Sydney’s Central Station was awash with The King and Priscilla look-a-likes that morning ahead of the train’s depature.

Before it set off, there was live singing and dancing performances.

The train is operated by the Lachlan Valley Rail Blue Zephyr Luxury Heritage Train and goes under the name of the ‘Blue Suede Express’.


It traveled more than 350 kilometres there and back with approximately 100 passengers on board. The journey took over six hours.

Lachlan Valley Rail’s James Gray was on board the train to oversee the maintenance of the locomotive.

“It’s primarily checking and things like that,” he said. “It’s just making sure everything is under control.”

It’s just making sure everything is under control.

James Gray, Lachlan Valley Railway

Before setting off, Mr Gray helped restore the brown logo on the train.

Mr Gray is from Sydney and while he has been to Parkes before, it will be his first time attending the Elvis Festival.

He will be there for three days before the train travels back to Sydney.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Mr Gray said ahead of the trip.