Even in Adelaide's cold winter SteamRanger Heritage Railways is working hard to bring you fun things to do for all the family. Coming up at the end of June is the SteamRanger Rhythm and Rail Open Day - a cracker day of free family entertainment at Mount Barker.
Mount Barker railway station will come alive on Sunday June 28 from 10am. Bring the kids to watch a free viewing of SteamRanger's documentary Fifty Miles of Track on the station platform at 10am while you enjoy a great coffee (cappuccino of course), lovely hot home made soup or other hot drinks for morning tea. If you're hungry there's a variety of freshly baked cakes which will go down a treat.
Section car rides from Mount Barker railway station to the freeway tunnel are on offer from 10am for just $2 each, or catch the Bugle Ranger Red Hen railcar for a scenic 45 minute ride through the beautiful Adelaide Hills from 11am, with last ride at 2pm. There's a scenic vista of farmland, bush land and rolling Mount Lofty Ranges hills. (Adults $13, children $7, seniors $12, family $30).
Please note that steam engine 621 Duke of Edinburgh will be on display but NOT operating on the day.
Railway enthusiasts will jump at the chance for a guided tour of the SteamRanger Heritage Railway workshops to see all the amazing steam engines and rolling stock. The workshops are enormous and the experienced guides can answer your questions about how the SteamRanger volunteers get our railway history back on the rails.
Take the Bugle Ranger in a Red Hen Railcar Through the Adelaide Hills (Image: SteamRanger)
The tour costs just $5 (closed shoes essential), but you will need to book in advance as there are only 5 tours for 10 people each tour. After doing the tour during the Festival of Steam I highly recommend it.
There's free activities for kids all day at the Mount Barker railway station. Let your children express their artistic side as they paint a train mural. Toasting marshmallows over a campfile is bound to be a winner, or they can draw chalk train pictures.
Sample Temple Bruer Wines at the Mount Barker Station (Image: SteamRanger)
If you'd rather relax and soak up the atmosphere, why not settle down to taste some premium Adelaide Hills wines from Temple Bruer. You'll be serenaded by live entertainment from popular music duo Innuendo and lunch will be available too on the station platform.
Oh, if you want a souvenir of the day why not buy your own copy of the Fifty Miles of Track DVD? This awesome video production from SteamRanger traces the growth of South Australian Railways from the earliest days. See rare footage of steam engines as they fly through South Australia's colourful countryside. Learn the history of the state's railways, and how SteamRanger came to be. For anyone with an interest in trains and railway history, owning a copy is a must.
Normal price of the Fifty Miles of Track DVD is $29.95, but if you went on a train trip at Rhythm and Rail Open Day you get a $5 discount. That will leave you with a whole lot of memories, and the DVD makes a great gift too.
Filming the Video - Fifty Miles of Track (Image: SteamRanger)
Another fine article Dave.Pity though,steam train enthusiasts,tourists etc. have to go to Mt.Barker now to board the train.Patrons now unfortunately,miss out on the stretch through Mitcham to Mt.Barker,which some say is the finest stretch of all.No better time to see the green , green hills,with clouds of smoke and the sound of steam.I wonder how many tourists from intersate and overseas take this trip?I imagine very few,because of the travel involved to Mt.Barker!