Tours

 

S313 60th Birthday

  • SATURDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 2021
    Join Steamrail Victoria as we celebrate the 60th Birthday of our heritage streamliner diesel locomotive S313. Travelling on the North East broad gauge to Seymour, the line on which it was delivered to the Victorian Railways in February 1961.
  • Picking up at Southern Cross Station only, S313 will perform a solo run direct to Seymour & return, reminicent of the golden age of the Victorian Railways and famous express trains like the 'Spirit of Progress' & 'Albury Express'.

  • After the train departs Melbourne, listen to the vintage EMD engine work as we climb the famous Glenroy Bank, through the Northern Suburbs and into Regional Victoria. After passing through the volcanic plains surrounding Wallan, our train will climb to the summit of the Great Dividing Range at Heathcote Junction and pass through the familiar bushland of the North East.
  • Arriving in the historic railway town of Seymour, there will be time to explore the town, grab lunch at one of the local establishments or explore the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre who are opening up their workshop & collection of former Victorian Railways rollingstock for our passengers to view.
  • Choose to travel in Excursion Class to experience 'old-school' air-con with the windows open in our heritage wooden carriages dating back to 1906. Otherwise, upgrade to our air conditioned First Class carriages to sit back in a comfortable air conditioned & heated 1940s-vintage compartment. Private Compartment fares are avaliable for groups of up to 6 people.
​​​​ON TRAIN SERVICES
Our on-train facilities include a kiosk which stocks a wide range of light refreshments, snacks and hot & cold drinks. A licenced bar will also be operating, serving a range of beers, wines and spirits. Under our COVIDSafe Plan, you will be able to order and pay direct from your seat using your smart phone. Our volunteers will then bring your order to your seat. Please speak to your Train Officer if you need assistance with ordering from our Kiosk. A range of souvenirs will also be able for purchase on board.
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> PLEASE CHECK THE FINAL TIMES AS SHOWN ON YOUR SEATING ALLOCATION WHICH WILL BE EMAILED 2 DAYS PRIOR TO THE TOUR OPERATING.

11:10am dep. SOUTHERN CROSS
12:49pm arr. SEYMOUR

3:15pm dep. SEYMOUR
4:50pm arr. SOUTHERN CROSS

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  • LOCATION
    Southern Cross Station
    Collins St / Spencer St Melbourne City 3000
CONTACT DETAILS

Steamrail Victoria Inc. (03) 9397 1953 (Business Hours only) info@steamrail.com.au

27 Feb 2021 11:00 - 5:00 pm

CENTRAL WEST EXPLORER

New South Wales is blessed with a number of interesting ‘cross country’ railways, linking the main lines radiating out from Sydney, allowing trains to follow a circular path in different regions of the state. One of these is the ‘Sandy Hollow line’, started in 1937, and completed, in part, in 1985. This normally freight only line is open to special trains from time to time and on this occasion our privately chartered nifty little Rail Motor has specific accreditation to traverse this scenic run. The interesting route of this cross-country link has allowed us to create a special Railway Adventure looping around the captivating highlights of the Central West of NSW.
Here is a region rich with history; appealing characters, great scenery, fine food, wine and places to stay. There are museums to fossils and folk history, legendary images and colonial incarceration and, not to be missed, Australia’s newest railway museum in Bathurst. There’s quaint Gold Rush era villages and bustling regional hubs, snaking rivers, cavernous coal mines, pristine bushland, canyons, ranges, and some of the finest farms, vineyards, grazing country, studs and native bush that you’re likely to see anywhere in the country.

Tour Leader: Scott McGregor and Bernadette Eichner
Price: $2,785
Single Supplement: $345
ARHS Discount: $140
Date: 27 Feb 2021 – 3 Mar 2021

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COMMEMORATE THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LAST TRAMS TO RUN IN SYDNEY TO LA PEROUSE

You are invited to come and join us for a unique day’s adventure commemorating the 60th anniversary of the last tram to run on Sydney’s electric tramway system. The last trams ran to Maroubra and La Perouse on the 25th February 1961.  Our tour will depart at 9.00am from the Sydney Bus Museum at Leichhardt in a vintage single deck bus of the type that were introduced for tram replacement. Passengers will also be picked up at the Railway Square Bus Stop at 9.30am before proceeding to Circular Quay where we will join the L3 light rail service to Kingsford that  now runs over a part of the original tramway route.
At Kingsford we will rejoin our bus to continue to Maroubra and the La Perouse terminus.
From here we will travel via the Botany Bay foreshore and over the Captain Cook Bridge to South Cronulla and  Shelly Beach Park. This location is where the terminal loop once existed for the Sutherland to Cronulla Steam Tramway. This line commenced operation 110 years ago on 12th June, 1911 and operated both passenger and freight services until 3rd August 1931. The freight service continued until 1932.
A lunch break will be taken at Cronulla Station before following, where possible, the route of the line to Sutherland.
An R Class Tram, similar to the type that operated the last tram, will be waiting at Sutherland to convey us to the Tramway Museum at Loftus. We will join in with the Museum’s Heritage Tram Day with the opportunity to ride in some of Sydney’s oldest Trams. The classes of trams expected to be running include the C, F, J, N, and O class travelling on the Sutherland and The Royal National Park Lines.
Inspect the static exhibits in the Museum featuring the recent restorations. Another recent acquisition is one of Sydney’s first Variotrams, No. 2107.
Our return trip will depart the Museum at 4.00pm travelling to Central via the Princes Highway, then on to the Leichhart Bus Museum.
Tour cost include Vintage Bus travel, Tramway Museum entry and tram rides. Tour Notes will be provided on the day. You will need to use your Opal card for travel on the LRV to Kingsford.
Covid 19 social distancing regulations will apply to all travel.                                                                               
Book early, as seats are limited

28 Feb 2021 09:00 - 2:00 pm

CENTRAL WEST EXPLORER

New South Wales is blessed with a number of interesting ‘cross country’ railways, linking the main lines radiating out from Sydney, allowing trains to follow a circular path in different regions of the state. One of these is the ‘Sandy Hollow line’, started in 1937, and completed, in part, in 1985. This normally freight only line is open to special trains from time to time and on this occasion our privately chartered nifty little Rail Motor has specific accreditation to traverse this scenic run. The interesting route of this cross-country link has allowed us to create a special Railway Adventure looping around the captivating highlights of the Central West of NSW.
Here is a region rich with history; appealing characters, great scenery, fine food, wine and places to stay. There are museums to fossils and folk history, legendary images and colonial incarceration and, not to be missed, Australia’s newest railway museum in Bathurst. There’s quaint Gold Rush era villages and bustling regional hubs, snaking rivers, cavernous coal mines, pristine bushland, canyons, ranges, and some of the finest farms, vineyards, grazing country, studs and native bush that you’re likely to see anywhere in the country.

Tour Leader: Scott McGregor and Bernadette Eichner
Price: $2,785
Single Supplement: $345
ARHS Discount: $140
Date: 27 Feb 2021 – 3 Mar 2021

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CENTRAL WEST EXPLORER

New South Wales is blessed with a number of interesting ‘cross country’ railways, linking the main lines radiating out from Sydney, allowing trains to follow a circular path in different regions of the state. One of these is the ‘Sandy Hollow line’, started in 1937, and completed, in part, in 1985. This normally freight only line is open to special trains from time to time and on this occasion our privately chartered nifty little Rail Motor has specific accreditation to traverse this scenic run. The interesting route of this cross-country link has allowed us to create a special Railway Adventure looping around the captivating highlights of the Central West of NSW.
Here is a region rich with history; appealing characters, great scenery, fine food, wine and places to stay. There are museums to fossils and folk history, legendary images and colonial incarceration and, not to be missed, Australia’s newest railway museum in Bathurst. There’s quaint Gold Rush era villages and bustling regional hubs, snaking rivers, cavernous coal mines, pristine bushland, canyons, ranges, and some of the finest farms, vineyards, grazing country, studs and native bush that you’re likely to see anywhere in the country.

Tour Leader: Scott McGregor and Bernadette Eichner
Price: $2,785
Single Supplement: $345
ARHS Discount: $140
Date: 27 Feb 2021 – 3 Mar 2021

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CENTRAL WEST EXPLORER

New South Wales is blessed with a number of interesting ‘cross country’ railways, linking the main lines radiating out from Sydney, allowing trains to follow a circular path in different regions of the state. One of these is the ‘Sandy Hollow line’, started in 1937, and completed, in part, in 1985. This normally freight only line is open to special trains from time to time and on this occasion our privately chartered nifty little Rail Motor has specific accreditation to traverse this scenic run. The interesting route of this cross-country link has allowed us to create a special Railway Adventure looping around the captivating highlights of the Central West of NSW.
Here is a region rich with history; appealing characters, great scenery, fine food, wine and places to stay. There are museums to fossils and folk history, legendary images and colonial incarceration and, not to be missed, Australia’s newest railway museum in Bathurst. There’s quaint Gold Rush era villages and bustling regional hubs, snaking rivers, cavernous coal mines, pristine bushland, canyons, ranges, and some of the finest farms, vineyards, grazing country, studs and native bush that you’re likely to see anywhere in the country.

Tour Leader: Scott McGregor and Bernadette Eichner
Price: $2,785
Single Supplement: $345
ARHS Discount: $140
Date: 27 Feb 2021 – 3 Mar 2021

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EXCLUSIVE MUDGEE EXPERIENCE – A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER

The Australian Railway Historical Society in partnership with Railway Adventures and the unique Ruwenzori Retreat invite you to a one-off experience – access to the collection of Off The Rails.

Since closing its doors in 1999, Off The Rail’s rare collectables have been stored in Mudgee, away from the eyes of the public. ARHS has been granted exclusive access to this unique collection and through this tour, would like to share it with you.  Not only will you have the opportunity to view and purchase some of these items, you will also get the chance to learn about their origin and discuss their story with Scott McGregor himself.

The weekend will be one not-to-miss.  From the time of departure of our specially chartered train, you will be looked after, treated to exclusive events at Ruwenzori Retreat and in the scenic Mudgee region.

The line to Mudgee dates back to the 1880s and is one of the most beautiful in NSW.  It has been closed to regular passenger trains since 1992 and so this is a rare opportunity to travel on the line as far as Rylstone and return.

There will be a couple of stops along the way and following the run over the Blue Mountains, the train skirts the magnificent Capertee Valley to the rural idyll of Rylstone. From there you’ll be transferred in comfortable coaches to the historic food and wine lover’s paradise of Mudgee, where the enchantment continues.  Just north of town is a train that goes nowhere, parked on the top of the Great Dividing Range, offering an unbeatable view of the surrounding hills. Welcome to Ruwenzori Estate, an unrivalled railway experience combined with the best the region has to offer. Books, artefacts, furniture, prints and much more are on the menu for this special open day and exclusive sale. You will be joining all the fun of the fair with time to view the collection, do some shopping and enjoy guided tours of Scott’s special folly. We cap off the day with a sunset cocktail reception at Ruwenzori before heading back to town in the early evening.

Your return to Sydney by private train via the historic ‘cement’ town of Kandos includes a visit to the excellent Kandos museum and historic railway station. Lunch will be provided on the way and your arrival back in Sydney completes our great weekend escape.

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EXCLUSIVE MUDGEE EXPERIENCE – A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER

The Australian Railway Historical Society in partnership with Railway Adventures and the unique Ruwenzori Retreat invite you to a one-off experience – access to the collection of Off The Rails.

Since closing its doors in 1999, Off The Rail’s rare collectables have been stored in Mudgee, away from the eyes of the public. ARHS has been granted exclusive access to this unique collection and through this tour, would like to share it with you.  Not only will you have the opportunity to view and purchase some of these items, you will also get the chance to learn about their origin and discuss their story with Scott McGregor himself.

The weekend will be one not-to-miss.  From the time of departure of our specially chartered train, you will be looked after, treated to exclusive events at Ruwenzori Retreat and in the scenic Mudgee region.

The line to Mudgee dates back to the 1880s and is one of the most beautiful in NSW.  It has been closed to regular passenger trains since 1992 and so this is a rare opportunity to travel on the line as far as Rylstone and return.

There will be a couple of stops along the way and following the run over the Blue Mountains, the train skirts the magnificent Capertee Valley to the rural idyll of Rylstone. From there you’ll be transferred in comfortable coaches to the historic food and wine lover’s paradise of Mudgee, where the enchantment continues.  Just north of town is a train that goes nowhere, parked on the top of the Great Dividing Range, offering an unbeatable view of the surrounding hills. Welcome to Ruwenzori Estate, an unrivalled railway experience combined with the best the region has to offer. Books, artefacts, furniture, prints and much more are on the menu for this special open day and exclusive sale. You will be joining all the fun of the fair with time to view the collection, do some shopping and enjoy guided tours of Scott’s special folly. We cap off the day with a sunset cocktail reception at Ruwenzori before heading back to town in the early evening.

Your return to Sydney by private train via the historic ‘cement’ town of Kandos includes a visit to the excellent Kandos museum and historic railway station. Lunch will be provided on the way and your arrival back in Sydney completes our great weekend escape.

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VICTORIA BY TRAIN, COACH AND PRIVATE PADDLE STEAMER!

The dawn of the railway age in Victoria was perfectly timed, coming hot on the heels of the greatest gold rush in Australia’s history. 

The windfall from mining royalties was crucial in funding the construction of the country’s first main line railways. These branched out in the 1850s and ‘60s to reach the ‘Pot of Gold’, the Murray River, at Echuca in 1864. Here, the riverboat trade was also booming and the coming of the railway added another spoke to this already busy hub. Our special short adventure celebrates this golden age of rail and river transport in the colony of Victoria. It culminates in a kind of re-enactment of the famous ‘meeting of the whistles’ at the Port of Echuca, where steam train and steam boat connected in a hail of whistles echoing over the town and river – the sound that once reminded one and all of the prosperity and enterprise of their great state.

Tour Leader: Scott McGregor
Price: $5,985
Single Supplement: $785
ARHS Discount: $250
Date: 13 Mar 2021 – 21 Mar 2021 and 20 – 28 Mar 2021

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VICTORIA BY TRAIN, COACH AND PRIVATE PADDLE STEAMER!

The dawn of the railway age in Victoria was perfectly timed, coming hot on the heels of the greatest gold rush in Australia’s history. 

The windfall from mining royalties was crucial in funding the construction of the country’s first main line railways. These branched out in the 1850s and ‘60s to reach the ‘Pot of Gold’, the Murray River, at Echuca in 1864. Here, the riverboat trade was also booming and the coming of the railway added another spoke to this already busy hub. Our special short adventure celebrates this golden age of rail and river transport in the colony of Victoria. It culminates in a kind of re-enactment of the famous ‘meeting of the whistles’ at the Port of Echuca, where steam train and steam boat connected in a hail of whistles echoing over the town and river – the sound that once reminded one and all of the prosperity and enterprise of their great state.

Tour Leader: Scott McGregor
Price: $5,985
Single Supplement: $785
ARHS Discount: $250
Date: 13 Mar 2021 – 21 Mar 2021 and 20 – 28 Mar 2021

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VICTORIA BY TRAIN, COACH AND PRIVATE PADDLE STEAMER!

The dawn of the railway age in Victoria was perfectly timed, coming hot on the heels of the greatest gold rush in Australia’s history. 

The windfall from mining royalties was crucial in funding the construction of the country’s first main line railways. These branched out in the 1850s and ‘60s to reach the ‘Pot of Gold’, the Murray River, at Echuca in 1864. Here, the riverboat trade was also booming and the coming of the railway added another spoke to this already busy hub. Our special short adventure celebrates this golden age of rail and river transport in the colony of Victoria. It culminates in a kind of re-enactment of the famous ‘meeting of the whistles’ at the Port of Echuca, where steam train and steam boat connected in a hail of whistles echoing over the town and river – the sound that once reminded one and all of the prosperity and enterprise of their great state.

Tour Leader: Scott McGregor
Price: $5,985
Single Supplement: $785
ARHS Discount: $250
Date: 13 Mar 2021 – 21 Mar 2021 and 20 – 28 Mar 2021

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VICTORIA BY TRAIN, COACH AND PRIVATE PADDLE STEAMER!

The dawn of the railway age in Victoria was perfectly timed, coming hot on the heels of the greatest gold rush in Australia’s history. 

The windfall from mining royalties was crucial in funding the construction of the country’s first main line railways. These branched out in the 1850s and ‘60s to reach the ‘Pot of Gold’, the Murray River, at Echuca in 1864. Here, the riverboat trade was also booming and the coming of the railway added another spoke to this already busy hub. Our special short adventure celebrates this golden age of rail and river transport in the colony of Victoria. It culminates in a kind of re-enactment of the famous ‘meeting of the whistles’ at the Port of Echuca, where steam train and steam boat connected in a hail of whistles echoing over the town and river – the sound that once reminded one and all of the prosperity and enterprise of their great state.

Tour Leader: Scott McGregor
Price: $5,985
Single Supplement: $785
ARHS Discount: $250
Date: 13 Mar 2021 – 21 Mar 2021 and 20 – 28 Mar 2021

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VICTORIA BY TRAIN, COACH AND PRIVATE PADDLE STEAMER!

The dawn of the railway age in Victoria was perfectly timed, coming hot on the heels of the greatest gold rush in Australia’s history. 

The windfall from mining royalties was crucial in funding the construction of the country’s first main line railways. These branched out in the 1850s and ‘60s to reach the ‘Pot of Gold’, the Murray River, at Echuca in 1864. Here, the riverboat trade was also booming and the coming of the railway added another spoke to this already busy hub. Our special short adventure celebrates this golden age of rail and river transport in the colony of Victoria. It culminates in a kind of re-enactment of the famous ‘meeting of the whistles’ at the Port of Echuca, where steam train and steam boat connected in a hail of whistles echoing over the town and river – the sound that once reminded one and all of the prosperity and enterprise of their great state.

Tour Leader: Scott McGregor
Price: $5,985
Single Supplement: $785
ARHS Discount: $250
Date: 13 Mar 2021 – 21 Mar 2021 and 20 – 28 Mar 2021

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SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND BY RAIL, ROAD AND SPECIAL STEAM TRAINS

This short and sweet adventure centres on a springtime excursion along the historic and dramatic railway which formed the Queensland section of the Great northern Railway linking Sydney and Brisbane by rail in 1888. This tour of discovery on some very special railways takes you across Southern Queensland’s ranges from Brisbane to Toowoomba, then continues onto Warwick by special steam train for the historic run across the Downs and the wild Granite Belt up the range to Wallangarra. From there we turn North West and venture across the rich Darling Downs to Dalby soaking up the rural landscapes, historic homes and colonial histories. The Bunya Mountains National Park offer a rare insight into a very special botanical site, rich with Aboriginal cultural significance and from there it’s a scenic drive down the ranges to Gympie and another great steam train journey along the Mary Valley. The colonial delights of Maryborough, home to the creator of Mary Poppins and just up the road the seaside town of Hervey Bay is the bookend to this varied adventure. All in all, you’ll experience a grand round trip tailor made to showcase the rich characters stories and great train journeys of Queensland’s great South East.

Tour Leader: Mike Condon
Price: $3,985
Single Supplement: $645
ARHS Discount: $200
Date: 17 Mar 2021 – 25 Mar 2021

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TASMANIA BY RAIL, ROAD AND RIVER

Tasmania has natural and cultural treasures like no other state in Australia It has a wild and magical natural beauty, a quirky and stimulating art scene, a living industrial and colonial heritage and a small collection of extraordinary railway journeys. You can have rail experiences in Tasmania on this tour around Australia’s special ‘Holiday State’. Autumn has its own special appeal: the changing colors of the leaves, mild temperatures and the annual spectacular Sheffield Steam fest. All this and more awaits you on Tasmania rail tours. The many interesting excursions on offer throughout this lush and pristine corner of our country.

Tour Leader: Eamonn Seddon
Price: $5,485
Single Supplement: $1,295
ARHS Discount: $250
Date: 4 Mar 2021 – 15 Mar 2021
Extra Dates: 18 – 29 March / 7 – 18 Oct 2021

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