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Southern Steam Spectacular 2021 – over two years in the planning in May 2021 Cruise Express and Scott McGregor’s Railway Adventures invite you to join us for six spectacular days of exploration, fun and sensory overload.
This record breaking Australian heritage rail journey is quite unlike any other, travelling behind some of the country’s oldest and finest steam locomotives and carriages. Never before has a tour featured eight steam locomotives in one tour! A feature will be a short run with the 130 year-old locomotive Y112, as well as several sections where two or three locomotives will haul at the same time.
We’ll visit destinations such as the small town of Wycheproof where the line runs right up the middle of the Calder Highway through town! Spend time in Maldon which has retained an authentic pioneer-like appearance with history of the gold-mining era being preserved. We’ll also enjoy the unique pleasure of cruising the Murray River aboard a paddle wheeler at Echuca.
Travel far away from the well-worn main roads through country Victoria along lines that in several instances haven’t seen these locomotives in over half a century! This is your time to sit back as you enjoy sweeping views of the countryside savouring the simple delights of travel, as it used to be. Spectacular!
Wednesday 19th May
Melbourne – Ballarat : R711, R761
Ballarat – Wycheproof : K153, K190
Wycheproof – Sea Lake : K153 – the first K class to haul to Wycheproof and Sea Lake since 1970
Thursday 20th May
Wycheproof – Maryborough : K153, K190
Maryborough – Ballarat : Y112, K153, K190
Ballarat – Melbourne : R761, K190
Friday 21st May
Melbourne mystery tour
Melbourne – Newport – Melbourne : D³ 639
Saturday 22nd May
Melbourne – Castlemaine : A² 986, R761
Castlemaine – Maldon : J549
Sunday 23rd May
Bendigo – Echuca : A² 986 – the first A² to haul solo from Bendigo to Echuca since 1963
Monday 24th May
Echuca – Bendigo : A² 986
Bendigo – Melbourne : A² 986, R761
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