2019 Rail Spectacular featuring five days of heritage rail from Sydney

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The Rail Spectacular 2019

Come with us and experience awesome!

Join us for five spectacular days of relaxation, exploration and sensory overload this July. We will take you on an Australian heritage rail journey quite unlike any other, travelling behind some of the country’s oldest and finest restored locomotives and carriages.

Far away from the well-worn main road, this is your time to sit back as you enjoy sweeping views of the New South Wales and Victorian countrysides savouring the simple delights of travel, as it used to be.

From Sydney, you will travel towards the Victorian border onboard heritage locomotive 4204 and special guest locomotive B61 – also known as the Bernie Baker. The man himself (who this locomotive is named after) will be there to delight us with special insights into Australia’s iconic rail heritage.

Delightfully, between Albury and Seymour enjoy the chance to ride in a ‘royal car’ – the State Cars were once reserved only for royal and vice-regal passengers including King George VI and the Queen Mother, as well as Charles and Diana, the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Stopping for two nights in Melbourne, there is ample time to explore, shop, visit your favourite restaurant, or try the cake shops on Acland Street in St. Kilda. During our Melbourne stay we travel to Geelong by steam, to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Railway and then by steam to Ballarat with a local mining tavern dinner before heading back to Melbourne.

The exhilaration doesn’t end there, as the next day head north to Sydney – all the way enjoying delightful meals, conversations and possibly make a few new friends. While this is a magnificent heritage train holiday, it is so much more – if you love traveling ‘off the grid’ and exploring our great country, then this is the trip for you!


List of rail services

Sydney to Albury – diesels: 4204 & B61
Albury to Seymour – diesels: T357 & P22
Seymour to Melbourne – diesels: B74 & S303
Melbourne to Geelong – steam: A² 986
Drysdale to Queenscliff – diesel: X3 & X20
Queenscliff to Drysdale – diesel: X3 & X20
Geelong to Ballarat – steam: A² 986
Ballarat to Melbourne – steam: A² 986
Melbourne to Newport – steam: R707
Newport to Seymour – steam: R707
Seymour to Albury – diesels: T357 & P22
Albury to Sydney – diesels: 4204 & B61

Package Inclusions

18 July 2019 - 5 days - from Sydney

  • Return rail journey from Sydney to Albury by Lachlan Valley Railway hauled by heritage diesel locomotive 4204 and special guest diesel locomotive B61
  • Special guest – locomotive driver and rail industry personality Bernie Baker – star of Railroad Australia on Discovery Channel
  • 1 night Albury accommodation at the Atura Albury with breakfast
  • Standard gauge diesel-hauled heritage rail journey from Albury to Seymour by Seymour Railway Heritage Centre aboard the Spirit of Progress hauled by locomotives P22 & T357
  • Broad gauge diesel hauled heritage rail journey from Seymour to Melbourne Southern Cross by Seymour Railway Heritage Centre featuring heritage wood compartment seating and Parlor cars hauled by locomotives B74 & S303
  • 2 nights Melbourne accommodation at the Savoy Hotel on Little Collins with breakfast daily
  • Steam-hauled rail journey from Melbourne Southern Cross Station to Geelong and Ballarat by Steamrail Victoria hauled by steam locomotive A² 986
    Return to Melbourne via Bacchus Marsh – the first time an A² class locomotive has hauled on this route in over 56 years
  • Return heritage rail journey on the Bellarine Railway from Drysdale to Queenscliff hauled by diesel locomotives A3 & A20 with lunch
  • Dinner at the Miners Tavern in Ballarat
  • Steam-hauled rail journey from Melbourne Southern Cross Station to Newport Rail Yard by 707 Operations Inc. hauled by steam locomotive R707 featuring air conditioned cars
  • Private inspection at Newport Rail Yard with access to Steamrail Victoria and 707 Operations
  • Steam-hauled rail journey from Newport Rail Yard to Seymour by 707 Operations Inc. hauled by steam locomotive R707 featuring air conditioned cars
  • Private inspection at Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
  • Standard gauge diesel-hauled heritage rail journey from Seymour to Albury by Seymour Railway Heritage Centre aboard the Spirit of Progress hauled by locomotive P22 & T357
  • 1 night Albury accommodation at the Atura Albury with breakfast
  • Lunch at the Junee Railway Cafe
  • Private coach transfers in Albury from station to hotel and vice versa
  • Professional Cruise Express Tour Managers

Package Fares

from: $2,590* pp twin share
from: $2,990* solo

You will be seated in a mixture of comfortable heritage non air-conditioned carriages throughout your journey. Cars will either be open seating or compartment style. Aboard the Spirit of Progress you will be seated in air-conditioned cars with up to 8 passengers per compartment.

add: $400* pp twin share SOLD OUT
add: $400* solo SOLD OUT

You will be seated in premium or first class cars throughout your journey (except between Albury and Seymour and v.v.) including the spectacular Yarra Parlor Car with its open air end platform and the only two original ‘Overland’ cars in existence.

SBN2195 – Sydney / Albury / Sydney – day sitter car (non aircon)
Yarra Parlor Car, 30AE seating car – Seymour to Melbourne (non aircon)
12AE, 14BRS seating cars – Melbourne / Geelong / Ballarat / Melbourne (air con)
Club Car 1 (ex Overland Lounge Car), Kuldalai (ex Overland Sleeping Car – twin compartments) Melbourne / Newport / Seymour (air con)

NOTE: Limited to 48 seats only. Cars are subject to change at any time and cannot be guaranteed

Carriage images are representative only and may vary according of car type used.

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Call 1300 766 537 or complete the form below to enquire

The Rail Spectacular 2019

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A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of reservation. While every endeavour will be made to run this tour as advertised with the locomotives listed in the itinerary, all locomotives are subject to change at any time. In the event that any locomotive becomes unavailable, there will be no refunds. All fares are for the rail experience as a whole, not the individual locomotives. Should a locomotive be unavailable it will be replaced by suitable heritage steam or diesel traction. All timings are approximate and for guidance only. Requests received for particular seating will be taken but there is no guarantee these can be accommodated. All trains will be equipped with licensed buffet cars where food and beverages will be available for sale. No meals are included other than those specifically listed in the itinerary. Trains are regrettably not built to accommodate those passengers restricted to the use of wheelchairs or mobility equipment. Please see full terms and conditions at the link ABOVE.

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