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Published February 26th 2013
Take in the country scenery aboard a cute little train
The sun is up, looks like another great summer's day. Pack the car, make sure all the kids are in, off to pick up Grandma.
Turn off the highway at Lang Lang and take the back roads through the rolling hills, for we are on a country adventure, to ride on the South Gippsland Tourist Train. We arrive at at a cute little railway station at Nyora opposite the general store, where locals are coming and going for their Sunday paper. It's very quiet.
We are half an hour early for the train, so we decide to have morning tea in the park next to the station. The children are excitedly playing in the park awaiting the trains arrival.
We are the only people around and we are all starting to think that maybe we have the wrong weekend . I decide to go to the station to check the timetable, just as we hear a peep-peep of the train coming down the line.
The children are jumping with excitement and can't wait to get on board. The train stops and the volunteer hops out and comes to sell the tickets.
With an "All aboard!" and the little train to ourselves we head off towards the town of Korumburra. With the sounds of "Tickets please" the children get their tickets checked and holes are punched.
We travel through the rolling hills at a steady but gentle pace of 40 km/h to the next station at Loch. A brief stop and then we're off again. We pass paddocks of cows, sheep and horses. The volunteers let the children pull the cord of the whistle and let out a loud peep peep and the children are beaming all the way into Korumburra.
At the station we hop off and have an hour to look around town and get something for lunch. The fish and chip shop across from the primary school was where all the locals were getting lunch, so we put our order in too. Whilst we waited we browsed the antique shops and had a look around town.
With fish and chips ready, we took them back to the station and looked at the museum whilst they were cooling. All the original fittings are still in the station, which has been maintained beautifully by the volunteers.
We decided to eat lunch in the railway dining room, where they supply free tea and coffee with biscuits before boarding the train for the return journey back to Nyora. On the way back with weary children, Grandma and I reflected on a wonderful day out on the South Gippsland Tourist Train.
The South Gippsland Tourist Railway train also runs to Leongatha on selected weekends. You can also hire the train for private functions, and it is popular for weddings. Refer to the website for more information.
Hi Lorraine . I'm an engine buff. Rode on this one the other day. It's got a 871 Detroit engine , slant mounted and it's a two stroke just like they used in trucks. Awesome engine note. Loved the scenery. Keep up the great work.