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Moorabbin Miniature Railway

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by Jacqui (subscribe)
I'm a Freelance Writer living in Bayside Melbourne. A Mother of two young children, so therefore also a coffee addict. Feel free to check out my website www.familydaytrippers.com and like my Facebook page Family Day Trippers.
Published July 5th 2015
A mini roller coaster of a train ride
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Mini Steam Train

The first Sunday of every month, Moorabbin is home to a delightful family friendly adventure - Miniature steam train rides.

The Steam Locomotive Society of Victoria have been running trains since 1970 in Rowans Rd.

View from bridge, train
View from bridge


At just $2.50 a ride, a price that has only risen 50 cents in the last decade, it's incredibly cheap for the enjoyment these little trains bring monthly to hundreds of children. Their little squeals of delight and smiles that go for miles, make it a very enjoyable experience for parents and grandparents to watch.

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Fun for all ages


Adults can also ride with children aged under 5 for free, so they too get to experience the thrill of the bumpy, twisting, turning, smoky ride.

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Family fun


One tip to remember, all riders must wear enclosed shoes. Any sight of toes and you wont be able to ride.

We nearly had a very upset little one year old. After lining up for 20 minutes and with our train in sight, we were told that because she had no shoes on, she couldn't ride. However, after seeing the look of disappointment on our faces, and a very well timed sweet smile from my daughter, the ticket collector decided that technically, as she had stockings on, he couldn't see toes and we were cleared for boarding.

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Long queue


There are three different tracks that you can ride. Each with different attractions. The smaller of the three you get to have 3 laps of.

The trains are all modelled off Thomas and Friends characters. If you look closely, you are sure to see resemblance to Thomas, James, Toby, Percy and more.

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Toby look-alike


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Thomas look-a-like


You could choose which track you ride on by the different features they offer; such as one goes under-ground through a tunnel; or by which train your child wants to ride, unsurprisingly Thomas look-alike seems to be the most popular; or you could try to find the track that has the shortest queue. However, on a busy day it's likely you will have at least a 15 minute wait on any track.



Whichever track you initially choose, you will probably find yourself lining up again, to sample all three.

There is a small kiosk offering basic refreshment like biscuits, soft drink, tea and coffee. There's toilet amenities, however, I didn't notice any change table facilities

The miniature railway is definitely a great, cheap way to entertain the family and I'm sure we will be going back for years to come.

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Steam Train Track

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Why? Cheap family fun
When: The first Sunday of the month
Phone: 03 9553 4037
Where: 128 Rowans Road Moorabbin VIC 3189
Cost: $2.50 a ride (Adults free with kids under 5)
Your Comment
I had my son's birthday here when he was five. It was a great day out.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5204) 1177 days ago
It is a fantastic place for a birthday!
by Jacqui (score: 1|17) 1177 days ago
If you enjoyed this you would love Eltham Miniature Rail which is on a grander scale. Eltham Lower Park.
by kerri (score: 0|7) 1173 days ago
During a recent visit, having travelled 24 km- my family had a 50 second trip around the outer track whilst groups having functions and club members mucking around for their own enjoyment had the rest of the complex closed off. Be aware that public days are not really for the public.
by deead (score: 0|2) 902 days ago
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