When you hear the word 'train' you may think of the unpleasant commute to work on smelly and overcrowded carriages, over-zealous ticket inspectors and unreliable timetables, and but a ride on a miniature train at The Diamond Valley Railway is completely different; it is a relaxing activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, and a perfect outing for kids during their school holidays.
The Diamond Valley Railway was founded in 1960 and is still going strong with over 140 active members. The aim of the organisation was to give hobbyists an opportunity to build and operate a passenger carrying miniature railway system. The fleet includes steam, diesel and electric locomotives and the track is laid to a gauge of 184mm.
The track is about two kilometres in length and set in natural bushland. It goes up and down hills, over bridges and through tunnels. Passengers sit in an open-air carriage, astride a single seat, all facing towards the front. It is a requirement that you wear closed-toe shoes and it's not advisable to dress up in your best outfit as the steam engines emit smoke and it's possible that you may get a light shower of cinders, especially if you're sitting close to the front.
Make a day out of it and pack lunch – there are picnic tables on site as well as a barbeque. Children can also play in the adventure playground and there's usually pony rides available. Save some room for dessert because everyone's old favourite gelati van will probably make an appearance too!
The railway is open to the public just about every Sunday from 11am – 5pm. For a comprehensive calendar, click here. At only $3 per ride, it's certainly an activity that won't break the bank. Children under two years of age ride for free.
It's also possible to hire a train exclusively – what a great idea for a children's party. For further information, click here.
Very useful article that has been put on our to do list. My son is fascinated with trains and being a single income family the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway looks like the next place for us to visit. At $3 per ride he could have quite a few goes around. With a little persons birthday coming up we will certainly be checking out their facilities in terms of party suitability.
By Tabatha - senior reviewer Tuesday, 17th of January @ 05:44 am