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30th Anniversary Restoration Tour of Steam Locomotive R707

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by Vanessa (subscribe)
WeekendNotes Chief Editor / Chief Writer / PR & Communications.

2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the launch of R707 - officially christened the "City of Melbourne" at a special ceremony at Spencer Street Station in July 1985.

To commemorate this anniversary, 707 Operations Inc is inviting all to enjoy a return trip from their depot at Newport to Bacchus Marsh on Sunday 12th July 2015.

This special all-day tour will pay tribute to all those associated with both PLAN R and 707 Operations throughout the period of restoration and operation.

Guests will travel in comfort and style onboard the heritage train from the Gardens Platform within the Newport Heritage Workshops or Newport Metro to Bacchus Marsh across Victoria's western grasslands.

The train will arrive at Bacchus Marsh at 11.55 am and guests are encouraged to explore the town's many gardens, cafes, galleries and hotels. The train will then depart Bacchus Marsh Station at 2.40 pm and arrive at Newport at approximately 3.50 pm.

Whilst onboard guests can purchase premium espresso coffee, delicious A Bunch of Cakes cup cakes and assorted snacks and cold beverages. The train itself also includes the extremely popular "art deco" Lounge Car 708 carriage, which provides a fully licensed bar service with a selection of ales, wine, sparkling and mixed spirits.

Guests can also enjoy the Avoca Dining Experience in the morning or afternoon (additional cost).

The timetable is as follows:

  • Newport Workshops Garden Platform depart - 10.30 am

  • Newport Metro Station depart - 10.35 am

  • Sunshine V/Line depart - 11.00am (Platform 4)

  • Bacchus Marsh arrive -11.55 am

    Timetable Return

  • Bacchus Marsh depart - 2.40 pm

  • Sunshine arrive - 3.20pm

  • Newport Metro Station arrive - 3.40pm

  • Newport Workshops Garden Platform arrive - 3.50pm

    A range of ticketing options are now on sale:

    Return Fares - Melbourne to Bacchus Marsh

    Adult Ticket $50

    Concession Ticket $45

    707 Operations Member Ticket) $40

    Child Ticket (4 to 16 yrs) $10

    Family Ticket (2 Adults and 3 Children) $110

    Children Under 4 free

    Compartment $290

    To make a booking, please visit Trybooking or contact for discounts for groups of 20 or more.

    For more information on the 30th Anniversary Restoration Tour, please visit

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    When: 10.30am Sunday 12 July
    Where: Newport Heritage Railway Workshops, Off Champions Rd Newport, Vic 3015
    Cost: Tickets range from $10 to $110
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