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707 Operations announces its first steam trip to Manangatang with a Sleeper tour to Mangangatang Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October for the 2018 Manangatang Cup.
With the second stage Murray Basin rail standardisation project delayed, join 707 Operations as we take the first R class steam locomotive R707 to Mangangatang with two nights of unique overnight travel along with our heritage diesel train and carriages to Mangangatang and the famous Manangatang Cup. Book your tickets here.
An evening departure from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station at 10.00 pm, we will begin with a welcome aboard drink and nibbles in our lounge carriages as we head west and northward to Ballarat and Maryborough. Retiring to your sleeping cabin for an evenings rest as we climb up the Great Dividing Range through Bacchus Marsh, on through Ballarat, Maryborough, Dunolly and Inglewood during the night.
With a pre-sun rise stop in Boort and a 30 minute pause in Quambatook around 7.00 am we will head north to Manangatang arriving around 11.30 am. From Manangatang Station, it is a short walk to the Manangatang race track and the 2018 Manangatang Cup for the first race at 1.00 pm (with entry included in your fare). Or add-on shaded seating on the trackside lawns with in our mini marquee or market umbrella seating.
Enjoy a country day out at the races and the evening in the Ladbrokes Big Shed with the live bands before reboarding the train for a 1.00 am departure Sunday morning.
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