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Dress Up Ideas for the Costume Picnic Train to Strathalbyn


As part of Mount Barker's 175th birthday celebrations, SteamRanger Heritage Railway is running a special train to Strathalbyn during the school holidays on Saturday October 4. This train day trip from Mount Barker promises to be one of the fun things to do that doesn't come along often.

Arrive at Mount Barker railway station at 10am and enjoy live entertainment as pianist Peter Hacquoil tickles the ivories. Travellers who come dressed in period clothing 1930s and 1940s clothing will receive a free Devonshire tea at the station.

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SteamRanger's Mount Barker Railway Station in the Adelaide Hills


Listen to a brief history talk at the Mount Barker railway station before the train sets off on its scenic journey through the Adelaide Hills. The SteamRanger train will use original 1930's South Australian Railways carriages that are attractively panelled in wood with plush comfortable seats, and there's more live music from a ukelele player and fiddler/guitarist.

On arrival at Strathalbyn there's fun for all with a conjurer and contact juggler on the railway station platform. A visit to the Strathalbyn History Centre is followed by a (optional) talk by Trevor Richers about the history of the area and the railway. Before leaving don't miss hearing Ragtime played on the museum's Harmonium by Alex Smallwood.

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Men Can Wear Period Costumes Too


You may then wander around beautiful Strathalbyn, enjoy a picnic on the banks of the river (BYO picnic basket), or if you prefer you can arrange a picnic basket with sandwiches, cake and fruit when you book your train ticket. Personally I probably would find it hard to resist buying a country baked pie at one of the local bakeries.

The train is serenaded away by the Adelaide Hills Ukulele Group on the return journey from Strathalbyn to Mount Barker at 2pm, once again whistling past grazing cows in this sleepy corner of the Adelaide Hills.

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The Train Trips Will be Fun For All Ages


Arriving back at Mount Barker railway station the train travellers will enjoy a historical theatre re-enactment on the platform by Inkpot Arts performers which will be fun for all ages. You can also see a sneak preview of SteamRanger's latest documentary which is due for release soon.

Kids activities will include some traditional games including hopscotch and marbles, while toddlers can use a blackboard and chalk to draw railway scenes.

This promises to be a unique day trip packed with family entertainment as you tour the Adelaide Hills in comfort and style. It's often hard to find fun things to do and kids activities during the school holidays that are a little different, and the Costume Picnic Train to Strathalbyn definitely fits the bill.

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Inside a 1930s Railway Carriage


For full details of the Costume Picnic Train to Strathalbyn see the SteamRanger Heritage Railway website, but be sure to book early as tickets may sell out.

If you're looking for retro clothing for the event, you could try this charity shop or Dulcie the Boutique Bus at the Hutt Street Centre.

The Youtube video below was filmed at the SteamRanger Festival of Steam last year, and shows the carriages that will be used on this fun day trip to Strathalbyn.

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Why? Family entertainment on the train with lots of school holidays kids activities
When: 10am
Where: Mount Barker railway station
Cost: $35 adults, $20 children, $88 family
Your Comment
Wow, that looks amazing!
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3415) 1890 days ago
Would the front of the train be going woosh woosh toot! or gvrmmmmmm?
by koj77 (score: 2|152) 1890 days ago
Any excuse to frock up 1920's style!
Great article, enticing photographs...thank you!
by ddfm (score: 1|22) 1881 days ago
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