707 Operations Ballarat Beer Festival and Dunolly Day Out Heritage Train 24 January

 
  narf120 Locomotive Driver

707 Operations have released details of thier first heritage train trip of 2015 - Diesel hauled train to Ballarat and the Ballarat Beer Festival and Dunolly Day Out Saturday 24 January.

The trip features Diesel hauled train to Ballarat via Bacchus Marsh, with 707 Operations fleet of restored Z and S carriage, Lounge Car and Avoca Dining carraige to conincide with the Ballarat Beer Festival, with free shuttle busses to the Festival or spend the day in Ballarat. Alternativly take the rare opportunity to travel northward to Dunolly for the afternoon.

More details and to book tickets, check out 707 Operations website http://www.707operations.com.au

We hope to see many on the train and don't forget to share the trip.

Cheers

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Looks like a good trip.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

Looks good going via Bacchus Marsh and returning via North Shore, good opportunity to get more passengers on board...............
  8077 Chief Train Controller

Location: Crossing the Rubicon
I hope you don't mind but I have recently used this event as a test for the up and coming software for events management. (new Railpage release)
  SN7 Chief Commissioner

Bookings still open for all sectors of the trip.  Hope to see you there, train will  double headed ,  and around 8- 10 cars.
Local travel Ballarat. - Dunolly proving very popular ,  see http://www.707operations.com.au
  SN7 Chief Commissioner

Locos for the trip will be B74 & T 413.

Due to high bookings , particularly between Ballarat & Dunolly another sitting car will be added to the train.

Tickets still available for Melbourne - Ballarat ,  and Melbourne Dunolly.

Thanks to Seymour Rail Heritage Centre for B 74 and Steamrail Victoria for additional sitting car -  about 400 people expected to experience some main line heritage train running.
  Loco Administrator Railpage 2 Developer

Location: Banned
Locos for the trip will be B74 & T 413.

Due to high bookings , particularly between Ballarat & Dunolly another sitting car will be added to the train.

Tickets still available for Melbourne - Ballarat ,  and Melbourne Dunolly.

Thanks to Seymour Rail Heritage Centre for B 74 and Steamrail Victoria for additional sitting car -  about 400 people expected to experience some main line heritage train running.
SN7
That's great news SN7.

Sounds like a lengthy consist indeed!
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
Great to see all the Heritage Groups working together.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Great to see all the Heritage Groups working together.
"LowndesJ515"
It is indeed. I'm old enough to remember when this didn't happen, and I am very pleased that those bad old days are behind us.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Looks like it is too late to book tickets on the popular Ballarat to Dunolly section, is this correct? If so, that's a shame. I only have myself to blame, I should have booked earlier.

At any rate, it seems like good numbers for 707 ops. Also, as others have said, it's nice to see intergroup co-operation, and I'm certainly looking forward to seeing the B class hauling a heritage train.
  SN7 Chief Commissioner

Thanks to all that travelled on yesterday's train,  with B74 & T 413.

Once again thanks to all the 707 Operations volunteer members,  RTBU - LD heritage Crews, V/Line staff and Town folk of Dunolly for making the trains success.

Thanks again To Steamrail Victoria for Carriage 11 AS and SRHC for B 74.

The train was very well patronised with people enjoying a great day at the Ballarat Beer Festival and Dunolly,  with also Great support from patronage from Ballarat , Crewsick , Clunes, Talbot and Maryborough.  Aproximately 180 passengers were onboard on the Melbourne - Ballarat leg, and the train arrived into Dunolly with all cars well loaded, and 355 customers.

Time wise the schedule was pretty closely adhered to , with arrival back in town about 4" down.

After working an empty transfer train of Carriages Carey and Goulburn - both to Steamrail and ex Vinelander car Carrier wagon from Seymour to Newport for 707 Ops,  last Monday evening, B 74 went back light engine from Newport to Seymour at the conclusion of last nights trip.

The Train returning to Newport at the end of the evening was incorrectly routed to the East Suburban lines at Franklin Street, and had to reverse in the Arden Street Sidings  and back to Southern Cross, before making another attempt to get back to the West Block at Newport.

Once again thanks to all involved for their support of mainline heritage !!
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Was a good looking train, and did indeed keep well to the timetable,

Shortly after departing Talbot:
[img]http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q491/Gman_86_XR6/P1010012e_zps2bfb32ba.jpg[/img]

Here she is in all her glory going through Bet Bet on the way into Dunolly:
[img]http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q491/Gman_86_XR6/P1010020_zps31381e9c.jpg[/img]

Credit to all involved.

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