Long Weekend Rail Adventure 2018 - Sydney to Griffith in September

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Long Weekend Rail Adventure

An exclusive food and wine experience in Griffith

Long Weekend Rail Adventure 2018 – welcome aboard our unique and nostalgic rail journey to the bountiful Riverina region for four days of exploration and tasting with fellow lovers of good food and wine. You and your taste buds will be treated to an indulgent, fun and relaxing gourmet journey through the Riverina’s vineyards and rustic, Italian-flavoured restaurants that showcase the area’s fresh, mouth-watering produce.

Our exciting long weekend escapade begins with our privately chartered trip by heritage train from Sydney to Griffith, with delicious time to daydream out the window. Amongst the wide plains of the Riverina, a procession of family farms, orange groves, wineries and gourmet restaurants follow – all embodying the passion for food and wine that waves of Italian migrants brought to the area. You’ll love it all so much, we are certain you will board the train back home laden with favourite wine and foods to savour back home.

This enriching rail adventure of discovery is certainly not your usual train commute. So gather your friends for a long weekend of fun, laughter and great taste.

Andiamo!” – let’s go – But be quick to reserve your places or you’ll miss the train!

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Package Inclusions

Departs 28 September 2018 - 4 days

  • Heritage rail journey from Sydney to Griffith and return, with complimentary tea / coffee served onboard
  • Lunch at the Junee Railway Station Café
  • Afternoon tea at Narrandera
  • 3 nights Griffith accommodation at the Grand Motel or Quest (or similar)
  • Tour of Griffith including Scenic Hill
  • Visit to Randall Organic Rice with lunch by Hungry Fox Bistro
  • Tastes of Leeton presentation and tastings
  • Visit to Southern Cotton Gin at Whitton with tour
  • Exclusive dinner and wine pairing event hosted by McWilliams Wines and Princess Cruises
  • Visit to Careri’s Garden with morning tea
  • Exclusive visit to Piccolo Farm with orange grove tour, cooking demonstration by Luke Piccolo and buffet lunch
  • Exclusive dinner and wine pairing event at Zecca Handmade Italian
  • Lunch at Koorambi Winez at Temora with lunch by Mimosa Valley Lamb
  • Group coach travel, sightseeing and meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional Cruise Express Tour Managers

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Motel Rooms:

Studio / Apartment Room – Quest Griffith

  • from: $2,190* per person twin share
  • from: $2,490* per person sole occupancy

Balcony Room – Grand Motel

  • from: $2,190* per person twin share – on request
  • from: $2,490* per person sole occupancy – on request

Window Room – Grand Motel

  • from: $2,090* per person twin share – on request
  • from: $2,390* per person sole occupancy – on request

Stateroom images are representative of staterooms in that category and type. Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities.

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In the early 1950s Clyde Engineering commenced construction of what would become the 42 class locomotives for New South Wales Government Railway (NSWGR). The six single-cab streamlined diesel electric locomotives were introduced from late 1955. Locomotive 4204 entered service on Thursday 29 March, 1956. The 42’s were ordered for main south passenger trains though were never common on the “premier” express trains of the day. They were trialled on services such as the Newcastle Flyer, Intercapital Daylight, Melbourne Limited, Spirit of Progress and Brisbane Limited.  They were also very rare on the south coast.

The introduction of the 44 class diesels from 1957 saw the 42 class transferred to the main south for where built, running between Sydney and Albury. When more modern locomotives usurped the 42 Class in these roles, they were relegated to all manner of traffic, often seen working on the Main South and South Coast lines on freight trains. The class would eventually be rendered surplus and would be withdrawn by 1983. That would not prove to be the end, with 4204 immediately take over by Lachlan Valley Railway. The locomotive is one of two in the class still operational and 62 years after being introduced.

Built: 1955   Builder: Clyde Engineering, Granville – Sydney   Entered Service: 1955
Last Revenue Service: 1983   Entered Heritage Service: 1983 Length: 18.98m
Width: 2.97m  Prime Mover: EMD D12  Power output: 1,600 bhp
Maximum speed: 115 km/h    Track Gauge: Standard

To enquire call 1300 766 537 or complete the form below

Long Weekend Rail Adventure 2018

Call 1300 766 537 or complete this form.

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