Trams and Trains in Melbourne

Wednesday 2nd September to Tuesday 15th September 2020
14 - Days


Prices from: £3595


From high speed ‘Vlocity’ trains to heritage excursions, there’s something for everyone in this vast railway and tram lover’s paradise trip to Southern Australia.


Departure Date: 02-Sep-2020
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  • Tour highlights include the 2’6” gauge Puffing Billy Heritage Railway excursion from Belgrave to Gembrook, and a visit to the Hawthorn Tramway Museum, home to over 20 fully restored Melbourne Tram Cars.
  • Journey overnight on the R707 to Sea Lake, steam hauled by a 1951 Hudson 4-6-4 steam locomotive and travelling in vintage carriages, followed by a tour along the famous Victorian Silo Art Trail.
  • Explore the restoration efforts of Steamrail Victoria, the Diesel Electric Rail motor group and 707 Operations. Watch as the R class locomotive is turned on the manually operated Newport turntable, and see more than 11 steam engines under the same roof in various stages of preservation.
  • Experience the thrills of a trip on a high-speed Velocity train from Castlemaine followed by steam train on the Victorian Goldfields Railway 5’3” broad gauge railway in period-built wooden carriages.
  • Wednesday 2nd September
    London to Melbourne
    You have an indirect morning flight from London to Melbourne, capital city of Victoria, Australia.

    Thursday 3rd September
    Arrive Melbourne
    You arrive in Melbourne in the early evening, and check in to your comfortable hotel, where dinner will be served. (D)

    Friday 4th September
    Melbourne, Southern Cross station Steam and Heritage Diesel hauled to Sea Lake
    Today, relax and explore the vibrant city of Melbourne, with the use of the free to ride hop on hop off city – circle tourist tram. After dinner, you transfer to the Southern Cross station and board an overnight sleeper train to the town of Sea Lake, 218 miles North West of Melbourne. Two diesel locomotives will haul your train from Melbourne to Wycheproof in the lower Wimmera Mallee region before giving way to The Hudson 4-6-4 steam locomotive for the remainder of the journey. (B D)

    Saturday 5th September
    Sea Lake Silo Art coach tour; Sea Lake to Wycheproof steam hauled
    Your special train continues towards Maryborough, to the junction station of Dunolly. You’ll branch through Arnold, Inglewood and Korong Vale. At Korong Vale you travel along the Sea Lake branch line, with the first stop at Charlton. Over breakfast, you travel deep into one of the densest grain-growing areas of Victoria. During a one-hour layover in Wycheproof, the town’s brass band will entertain you on the platform followed by lunch on the train as you depart. On arrival at Sea Lake, a road coach takes you to Lake Tyrrell for a trip over the famous Victorian Silo Art Trail, to enjoy the true spirit of the Wimmera Mallee through a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos, many of which date back to the 1930s. Afterwards, you’ll meet the train for a typical Australian dinner, before settling back into your sleeping compartments. (B L D)

    Sunday 6th September
    Wycheproof to Nullawil and back steam-hauled; Melbourne steam-hauled
    Your Grainlander train remains stationary in Wycheproof until after breakfast. You’ll then depart for Nullawil, with the chance to see the steam locomotive standing under the most recent addition to the Silo Art Trail, the Nullawil Silo. On return to Melbourne you retrace your overnight journey, travelling much of the route in daylight. As dinner is served, the steam locomotive is serviced for your onwards journey to Melbourne where your Grainlander excursion ends. (B D)

    Monday 7th September
    Melbourne, free day to explore
    Today is a free day to explore Melbourne and its surroundings at your own pace. Melbourne’s regional areas are surrounded by preserved heritage railways staffed entirely by volunteers who operate services on a regular basis using both steam and diesel power. (B)

    Tuesday 8th September
    Melbourne – Belgrave return on suburban electric; Puffing Billy Railway to Gembrook
    Today you travel on a regular train to Belgrave the home of the world famous Puffing Billy Railway, a short walk from the Metro station. The railway was kept operational until 1953, when a landslide blocked the tracks between Selby and Menzies Creek. It was from then that the Railway fell into preservation hands, and today, the railway operates every day of the year except Christmas day. You’ll traverse the whole of this delightful preserved railway, travelling from Belgrave to Gembrook and back. Lunch is provided at the Gembrook hotel, before your return to Melbourne via the Metro train system. (B L)

    Wednesday 9th September
    Melbourne to Castlemaine on diesel hauled VLocity train; Castlemaine to Maldon and return
    After breakfast you travel on one of V/Line’s regular highspeed VLocity trains for the journey to Castlemaine. At Castlemaine, transfer to the Victorian Goldfields Railway with a J or K class (2-8-0) steam locomotive with period-built wooden carriages, heading to the charming 19th century village of Maldon. There’s time to enjoy some lunch in the nearby cafés or pubs, before the return journey to Castlemaine. On arrival you return to Melbourne by regular V/Line high speed train. (B D)

    Thursday 10th September
    Melbourne, free day to explore
    Today is another free day to explore some of Melbourne’s gardens, monuments and other places of interest. (B)

    Friday 11th September
    Melbourne to Hawthorn and return by tram; Hawthorn depot visit
    Today you take a specially chartered tramcar to the Hawthorn Tramway Museum for a private open day. The Hawthorn depot is home to over 20 fully restored Melbourne Tram Cars which includes a 1906 V class tram, one of Melbourne’s first electrified tram cars ever built. (B)

    Saturday 12th September
    Melbourne to Newport and return steam hauled; Newport workshop visit
    Today your train arrives directly into the Newport workshops enabling you to explore the restoration by Steamrail Victoria, the Diesel Electric Rail Motor Group and 707 Operations. See the R class locomotive being turned on the manually operated Newport turntable plus steam engines in various stages of preservation. With displays available for viewing from Downer Rail, EDI Rail, Gemco Rail and Victrack. A vintage shuttle bus operates at frequent intervals from the West Block Workshops to the North Williamstown Railway Museum with 17 Steam locomotives, 8 diesel electric locomotives and electric locomotives forming part of the museum’s collection. (B)

    Sunday 13th September
    Melbourne to Geelong steam hauled by restored A2 986; Ballerine Peninsula Railway
    After breakfast you travel on the main South Western railway from Melbourne, Southern Cross station to Geelong. Hauled by the recently restored for mainline operation A2 986 locomotive. After a coach tour around the bays of Geelong, you arrive at the Ballerine 3’ 6” narrow-gauge Peninsula Railway for a return journey over their 16-kilometre section of formerly disused track between Drysdale and Queenscliff. The 1917 built ex-South Australian Railway 4-8-0 locomotive T 251 will be used on this train if possible for an enjoyable excursion along the coastline. (B)

    Monday 14th September
    Melbourne to London
    You have an indirect morning flight from Melbourne to London. (B)

    Tuesday 15th September
    Arrive in London


    Details

    Price

    • Tour price £4395
    • Single supplement £725
    • Ground only (Melbourne – Melbourne) £3595

    All prices shown are per person based on two persons sharing.

    Price Includes

    • Return indirect flights from London Heathrow to Melbourne, Australia
    • 9 nights hotel accommodation
    • 2 nights on board the train in sleeper accommodation
    • 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Transfers
    • All rail and coach travel
    • Entrance to all attractions as detailed in the itinerary
    • Local guides
    • The services of a tour manager

    Meals included each day are shown as:
    B = Breakfast - L = Lunch - D = Dinner

     

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