Upcoming Tours - 2017

Legend
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Steam Hauled. (D) Diesel Hauled.
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Shepparton to Tocumwal dependent on Fire Restrictions. | ** Subject to Level Crossing Removal Authority works. | ## To be confirmed.

Saturday 6 May 2017 – Swan Hill Echuca Overlander. (S)
Travel from Castlemaine to Swan Hill Echuca by steam train in the luxurious Macedon and Tambo carriages (First Class) or in 1920’s vintage carriages (Excursion Class). Due to V/Line track works on the Echuca line, this tour has been changed to Swan Hill. Prices remain the same for the longer journey with tour options revised.

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Saturday 13 May 2017 – A2 986 Returns to Warragul. (S) **
Join Steamrail and the Warragul community to celebrate the return of A2 986 to Warragul on its official first revenue run since restoration.

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Sunday 21 May 2017 – Day Rail and Sail. (S)
Steam train to Geelong and return by the Victoria Star ferry. (or vice versa)

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Friday 26 May 2017 – Melbourne to Ballarat in an Afternoon. (S)
A relaxing afternoon reliving 1920’s steam train travel to Ballarat, return to Melbourne by a V/Line service.

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Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 May 2017 – Ballarat Shuttles. (S)
Steam train rides as part of the Ballarat Heritage Weekend from Ballarat to near Lal Lal and return.

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Sunday 28 May 2017 – Ballarat to Melbourne in an Afternoon. (S)
Vline to Ballarat and return to Melbourne 1920’s style by steam train.

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Friday 9 to Monday 12 June 2017 – Northern Weekender. (S)
Experience overnight steam train sleeping in 1910’s and 1950’s interstate sleeper carriages. Explore Swan Hill and Echuca by day.

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Sunday 25 June 2017 – Steamrail’s Steam Spectacular. (S)
The might of steam on show in Steamrail’s Steam Spectacular. Not to be missed!

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Saturday 8 July 2017 – Echuca Explorer. (S)
Steam train to Echuca. Wine & Dine, paddle boat cruise & dine or explore historic Echuca.

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Saturday 29 July 2017 – Snow Train 1. (S) **
Sunday 6 August 2017 – Snow Train 2. (S)
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Double header steam engines. Wine & Dine, snow play, visit historic Walhalla or travel through to Traralgon. Sample the best of Gippsland’s produce in the Tastes of Gippsland carriage.

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Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August 2017 – Maldon Weekender. (S)
Overnight travel in 1910 interstate sleeping cars to Maldon. Explore Maldon and Castlemaine. Travel in the luxurious Macedon and Tambo carriages on the VGR branch line.

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Sunday 27 August 2017 – Flinders Street to Hurstbridge Wattle Festival. (S)
Morning steam train from Flinders Street to the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival.

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Sunday 27 August 2017 – Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Shuttle. (S)
Steam train rides through the beautiful Diamond Valley as part of the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival.

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Sunday 27 August 2017 – Hurstbridge to Flinders Street Station. (S)
Evening steam train ride from Hurstbridge Station to Flinders Street Station.

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Saturday 9 September 2017 – Maldon - Bendigo Experience. (S)
Relive branch line travel. Travel to Castlemaine by steam train and change to the VGR’s steam train for the trip to Maldon or travel on to historic Bendigo.

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Saturday 23 September 2017 – Echuca Overlander. (S)
Travel from Castlemaine / Bendigo to Echuca by steam train in the luxurious Macedon and Tambo carriages (First Class) or in 1920’s vintage carriages (Excursion Class).

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Saturday 30 September 2017 – Goulburn Valley Tocumwal Explorer. (S)
Train, Wine Dine Cruise & Dance to the Goulburn Valley wineries or travel through and lunch at Shepparton.

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Sunday 15 October 2017 – Rail and Sail. (S)
Steam train to Geelong and return by the Victoria Star ferry. (or vice versa)

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Saturday 28 October 2017 – Echuca Explorer. (S)
Steam train to Echuca. Wine & dine, Cruise and dine on a riverboat or explore historic Echuca.

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Saturday 11 November 2017 – Suburban Rambler. (S)
Travel the suburban rail network 1910 style in vintage carriages pulled by steam engines.

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Sunday 17 December 2017Santa Special. (D) ##
Relax & celebrate Christmas on the Santa Special to a mystery destination. Dine in one of the many fine eateries or picnic and BBQ in the park.

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Past tours - 2017 | 2016

Sunday 5 February 2017 – Otway Explorer. (D)
Train, explore and dine at the wineries and breweries of the Otway, tree top walk or explore Camperdown and its market and lakes then dance your way back to Melbourne.

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Saturday 18 March 2017 – Goulburn Valley Explorer. (D) ^^
Train, Wine, Dine, Cruise & Dance to the Goulburn Valley Wineries or travel through and lunch at Shepparton or Tocumwal.

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Sunday 9 April 2017 – Suburban Shuttle. (S)
Join Steamrail Victoria for some school holiday fun as we operate 2 steam trains with Melbourne's iconic "Red Rattlers" departing Flinders Street Station.

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Sunday 16 April 2017 – Bendigo Maldon Easter Festival. (D)
Travel to Bendigo for the Easter Parade, relive branch line travel on a steam train through to historic Maldon.

Due to a lack of bookings, this tour has been cancelled.

 

Conditions of Travel

Conditions

Travelers on Steamrail trains are bound by Steamrail's standard conditions of travel. Acceptance of a ticket is deemed an acceptance of these regulations. While we endeavour to operate this tour as advertised, it may be necessary to alter or cancel all or part of the tour due to circumstances beyond our control. On days declared to be of high fire danger and/or Total Fire Ban, the train will be hauled by one of Steamrail's heritage diesel locomotives. We cannot be liable for any cost incurred by you arising from any late running of this tour.

Adults must take responsibility at all times for infants and other persons in their care.

Payments

All payments made to Steamrail Victoria Inc. are in Australian Dollars only. (AUD).

Rail and Sail conditions

In particular, the Rail and Sail may be subject to extreme weather conditions. Due to high fire danger the train will be hauled by one of Steamrail's heritage diesel locomotives. In the event of very rough conditions forecast on Port Phillip Bay, the Victoria Star may be unable to cruise. In this case the train will be increased in size and all patrons conveyed in both directions by rail, and a partial refund, or discount on the next Rail and Sail, offered.

Refunds

Steamrail will offer refunds if you are unable to travel due to illness or other serious cause, providing that tickets are returned and you notify us 7 days prior to day of travel. A cancellation fee will be charged to cover our costs.

Group Discounts

We offer group discounts for parties of 16 or more on most tours. If you have a group of 50 or more, a special private carriage may be available, while for larger groups your own chartered Vintage Train may be an option.

Seniors

We welcome holders of Seniors card. On request, during the tour, the valid card must be produced for each seat booked at the reduced rate.

Under 16

Children under 16 travel at a reduced rate. If you are bringing small children, please let us know.

Smoking

On board smoking is not permitted.

Alcohol

Strictly no BYO alcohol is to be consumed onboard. The train has a licensed bar, with a range of wines, ales and mixed drinks at reasonable prices.

Important Information

Regional Fast Rail

Due to circumstances beyond Steamrail's control, all Steamrail trains operating on the Regional Fast Rail Network (Geelong, Traralgon, Bendigo and Ballarat) are restricted to 80km/h running. This can from time to time have an impact on operating tours along these lines. V/Line Network Access operational needs can from time to time affect the operation of various Steamrail tours.

Fire Restrictions

Fire Restrictions can be applied across most areas of Victoria by CFA, when fire danger is high. Typically this is over the summer period of November through to April. Restrictions are applied in small areas at a time. View a map of current restrictions across Victorian municipalities.

Elecrail

Elecrail still has no trips planned at this stage, but talks are progressing with the goal of getting Elecrail operational again. Hopefully it will not be long until Elecrail is back on the rails.

Cross Posting of Proposed Tour Dates

This is a quick note for the editors of some other websites. Please feel free to cross post the information listed in the main section of this page but please refrain from referring to trips listed solely on the Tour Calendar. Trip information listed on the Calendar are subject to change pending operational needs. Trips are not confirmed as running until they are listed on the main page. Thank you.

Departure Information and Enquiries

The train departs and arrives at Southern Cross Station, also picking up and setting down at selected suburban stations. It is advised to contact Steamrail's Information Line on (03) 9397 1953 at least two days prior to departure to confirm any timetabling arrangements.