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Published December 10th 2013
You won't worry about a late train
Melanie Hardcastle has combined her culinery skills with a brilliant idea and created a cafe with a difference. Rail trail dining and a yearly Murder Mystery planned for August each year! Not only that, but you can book the whole place for a catered social event too.
Situated in a 113 year old train carriage used on the Albury Wodonga line, is a cafe with an outdoor alfesco dining platform. The carriage is air conditioned and heated, so don't think the weather can affect your comfort.
The Lilydale to Warburton bike trail is meters away, and it can be found along Station Road behind the township of Seville. It makes a great midway breakfast, lunch or coffee break! There is a horse yard, bike rack, and an area to even tie up your dog! Car parking is available close by.
Melanie first tried market research in the late 1990's to test the idea of a cafe along the rail trail. The numbers of passing cyclists could be counted one or both hands. Trying the same experiment in 2008, it was discovered the people traffic had increased dramatically, and the next step was buying the historic rail carriage through Australian Train Transportation, just to match the rail theme! The carriage was transported from Adelaide and now presents an iconic cafe with a view of surrounding hills and tree lined vistas.
So when you pass and feel like a bite to eat, you can enjoy hot and cold drinks, egg benedict, nachos, beetroot and orange smoked chicken salad, or prawn bun caesar salad, just to name a few. A lot of the menu items have gluten free or vegetarian options. Refer to the web link for further details.
The original purpose of the route between Lilydale and Warburton to be built, was a plan for one of four experimental narrow gauge lines that had been proposed. The recommendation was not accepted, and the Warburton line opened as broad gauge railway on Wednesday 13th November 1901. The length from Lilydale to Warburton was slightly over 37 kilometres (23 mi). The last train ran on August 1st 1965, although the official closure was on July 29 1965.