Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

Kerrisdale Mountain Railway and Museum

Home > Melbourne > Escape the City | Family | Museums | Trains
by Lorraine A (subscribe)
Avid trail runner, freelance writer and a mother of four with a healthy obsession for the great outdoors. Join me in my discoveries along the Mornington Peninsula and further afield by subscribing to my articles.
Published August 5th 2013
Carriages at Kerrisdale Mountain Railway

The first thing I said when I heard of Kerrisdale Mountain Railway was "Where is Kerrisdale"? That was a very good question as it turns out to be half way between Seymour and Yea in the North East corner of the Tallarook Ranges, North Central Victoria which is roughly a 117km drive from Melbourne's CBD.

Towards the ticket box and sheds

The Railway is located at 7523 Goulburn Valley Highway and there are two signs in close proximity but it would be easy to miss the driveway entrance as there is no turning lane onto the gravel driveway from the Highway, follow the drive up the hill to the parking bay and ticket office. The view from the parking bay over the nearby hills and ranges is very pleasant.

Andrew and Jennifer Forbes own and run the railway and were the first people we spotted, both in navy overalls and caps with hair to match. They certainly look the part.

At the ticket box we were surprised at the cost to ride on the train with adults being $15 and children $10, however it was to be a 35 - 40 minute ride according to their Internet page and a tour of the museum so we thought the price wasn't too bad.

All aboard

We boarded the two carriage train with a small engine at the back to the sound of a whistle and "all aboard", then we were off with a "peep, peep". We slowly travelled up hill around a few bends, past a group of kangaroos lying in the grass and onto a section where we stopped to change lines.

Around the bend

Everyone hopped out and had the chance to change the points before getting back in and going to the summit. We were there already, barely a few minutes on the train and we were at the summit. Everyone got out again to look at the old gold mining collection which Andrew was happy to demonstrate and talk about the history of. After about 15 minutes we stopped at the summit and the whistle blew. It was time to go back down the hill.

On return we were advised to stay for a talk on the museum and a demonstration of the different engines that have been collected over the years.

In the museum shed

Everything is clean and well maintained and Andrew is more than happy to go into detail on any of the engines, pumps and generators in the shed.

Summit loop

The kids really enjoyed the train ride, but for $60 for a short trip that would have been no longer than 10 minutes of the train being in motion. I found it disappointing as I expected the track to be longer, especially after reading the line description on their website, however the part that says "to gain the maximum height within the shortest distance" is correct.

Summit station

Whilst I thought it was expensive and the line was short, I also appreciate the time that has been dedicated in making this rail line and the restoration of the items in the museum and I realise costs involved are high. The owners are lovely and welcoming and if you don't mind the prices and the short track you will enjoy visiting Kerrisdale Mountain Railway & Museum for the history of the engines and immaculate presentation.

The train runs every hour between 11 and 3 on Sundays and caters for groups and school holidays. Check their website for more details.

View from the top
Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  48
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Why? For a train ride and a look at the museum
When: Sundays 11am - 3pm
Phone: 03 57970227
Where: 7523 Goulburn Valley Highway, Kerrisdale
Cost: $15 adults, $10 children
Your Comment
Sounds like the 30-40 minute description also included the walking part of the tour.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12481) 2299 days ago
It looks like a great family adventure.
by Katy Holliday (score: 3|1133) 2299 days ago
Articles from other cities
Foodi Photoh Classie
Top Events
Popular Articles