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Published November 28th 2012
Steam engine trains take you back in time
Kids of all ages love trains and we know there are adults who go down on their knees around a toy train set. There are a number of train related activities around town that could be of real interest to folks like these, and of course, their children.
Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club Here you can see a number of steam engines, lovingly restored and proudly displayed. They have about 35 steam engines that chug to life on the last Sunday of every month; be there or be square. If you want to see them in action, you can check for timings and other information here. In addition to the museum, they have a miniature railway in operation from 11 am to 4 pm. This runs along a delightful 1km course that passes along lakes and farmland. Entry to the place is free but the rides cost $2.50. The place also has BBQs and picnic facilities and is open for birthday parties. You can contact them by phone on 03 9713 2571 for more information.
Location: National Steam Centre, 1200 Ferntree Gully Rd., Scoresby, Vic 3179 Phone: 03 9763 1614 Open: 11 am – 4 pm, Saturdays & Sundays
Mornington Tourist Railway Steam engines are pressed into service for a 2 hour ride between Moodooduc and Mornington via Tanti to give you an old world experience in heritage compartments with no modern frills. Tickets can be purchased from Moorooduc and Mornington but not Tanti. You can find more details about ticketing here. Diesel engines replace steam on very hot days and Total Fire Ban periods. You can hope to catch a ride on the first, second, and third Sundays of the month or have a look at their timetable here. They also do birthday parties. Location: Cnr Yuilles Road & Watt Road, Mornington, Vic 3931 Phone: 1300 767 274 or 03 5978 8792
Get on a trolley train or a covered train that takes you from Healesville to Tunnel Hill over water under bridges and through tunnels. This trip is available on Sundays, public holidays, and on Wednesdays to Sundays on school holidays. You can have a look at the fares and timetable here. They have an awesome Ghost Train event coming up that you might want to check out here. Location: Healesville Station, Cnr Healesville-Kinglake Road & Glenfern Rd, Healesville, Vic 3777 Phone: 03 5962 2490
This is your chance to enjoy a truly historic journey on heritage steam or diesel engine trains from the Australian National Narrow Gauge Heritage Railway Collection. Go on a two hour ride from Queenscliff Station to Drysdale or hop off at Lakers Siding. Check out the various options they have for you here. If you have a Thomas the Train fan at home you might want to spend a Day Out with Thomas. You can also hire your own train for birthday parties or wedding receptions.
Queenscliff – 20 Symonds Street, Queenscliff 3225
Swan Bay – Bellarine Highway, Queenscliff 3225
Drysdale – High Street, Drysdale
Queenscliff Station 03 52 58 2069
Drysdale Station 03 5251 3725
Lakers Siding Station 03 5258 2584
Bulla Hill Railway
Take a ride through the scenic countryside with Mount Macedon in the distance. Added delights include a private picnic area, BBQ facilities, and a train themed children's play area. Also known as the Dinosaur Line, they operate both steam and diesel engines the latter often pressed into service on extremely hot days. Entry is free but you have to take a $3 ticket to ride the train. Rides are available on the first and third Sundays of every month 12 noon to 4 pm. You are required to wear enclosed footwear on the rides. If you need more information, visit Bulla Hill Railway here.
Location: 15 Green Street, Bulla, Vic 3428
Phone: 03 9307 1275
The Steam Locomotive Society of Victoria
If you're interests go beyond riding a train to more fascinating stuff such as building miniature models, you might want to give this a try. They have miniature train rides and facilities for birthday parties. The place is open to the public from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm on the first Sunday of every month. You might want to check the website for more information.
Location: 128 Rowans Road, Moorabbin, Vic 3189
Phone: 03 9553 4037
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