2019 Rail Spectacular - featuring Beyer-Garratt 6029

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The Rail Spectacular 2019

Featuring locomotive B61

The Rail Spectacular 2019 – five days of fun, exploration and sensory overload. A thrilling heritage rail journey quite unlike any other travelling behind some of the finest locomotives and carriages available. Locomotive 4204 will be joined by guest locomotive B61 (the Bernie Baker). Bernie himself, a veteran train driver will also join us throughout to share his stories and experience.

There’s a half day in Melbourne to explore, visit your favourite cafe or try the cake shops on Acland Street in St. Kilda. We also visit the heritage rail yards at Newport and Seymour to meet the people that volunteer their time to keep these historic pieces of rail equipment alive. It’s a rare chance to get up close and truly see behind the scenes.

We’ve arranged some special moments throughout – such as a visit to the charming Bellarine Railway to travel behind the rare Tasmanian X class – the very first Australian mainline diesels. You’ll also travel behind A² 986 from Ballarat to Melbourne via Bacchus Marsh – the first time in 56 years an A² has hauled alone on this route! Or perhaps the sound of steam locomotive R707 thundering along at 100 km/hr towards Seymour will be your highlight?

5 days, 12 train movements, 10 locomotives, over 30 carriages… we promise this is a journey you won’t soon forget. Come – experience awesome.



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
add: $400* solo

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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Pre or post tour night in Sydney

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Central

We will have an early start from Sydney and an evening arrival on our return – so why not make things easy by staying next door at the Adina Apartment Hotel? We are holding a small amount of rooms so just let your Travel Specialist know and we will book you in!

Room only: $210 per room twin or single
Limited space available

Terms and Conditions

Important Information

Call 1300 766 537 or complete the form below to enquire

The Rail Spectacular 2019

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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