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Three hundred invited guests joined the train for the inaugural run to Geelong, On the return, the Spirit set a new official Australian rail speed record of 79.5 mph (127.9 km/h) between Werribee and Laverton. The Spirit also ran to Ballarat and Bendigo.
After the successful launch, the Spirit settled into a routine that remained unchanged for the next fifteen years. It departed Spencer Street station at 18:30 each evening, arriving at Albury at 22:20. The return trip to Melbourne departed at 07:55 the following morning and arrived at Spencer Street station at 11:35.
We celebrate 80 years of the Spirit running 2 of the 3 original destinations during testing, Geelong and Ballarat.
The train will consist of original 1937 first and second class sitting carriages, the original dining Carriage, parcel van and the parlour carriage, a saloon type carriage at the rear of the train.
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