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Heritage railways & tramways

Heritage railways & tramways

A number of heritage railways and tramways have been established throughout Victoria along closed lines to preserve rail history and to operate as tourist attractions. Some also feature museums where the public can rediscover the history of rail transport.

  • Alexandra Timber Tramway

    www.alexandratramway.org.au

    Visitors can experience the era of bush sawmills and tramways in the Rubicon Forest during the early 1900s. Enjoy a ride on a steam locomotive, view an extensive collection of industrial rolling stock and visit the museum which showcases exhibits relating to the timber logging industry. (Alexandra)

  • Ballarat Vintage Tramway

    www.btm.org.au

    An authentic tramway museum allowing visitors to view photographs, memorabilia and the museum's fleet of rolling stock. Also, take a tram journey along a 1.3 kilometre original track beside Lake Wendouree. (Ballarat)

  • Bellarine Railway

    www.bellarinerailway.com.au

    A collection of heritage steam and diesel locomotives offer scenic tourist journeys between Queenscliff and Drysdale, along the shores of Swan Bay and through the countryside. (Queenscliff)

  • Bendigo Tramways

    www.bendigotramways.com

    Take a 4 kilometre trip on Bendigo's vintage Talking Tram with its crafted seats, stain glassed features and intricate workmanship. The journey passes a number of attractions including the Alexandra Fountain, Sacred Heart Cathedral and Lake Weeroona. Also visit the tram museum situated at Australia's oldest operating tram depot and workshop. (Bendigo)

  • Daylesford Spa Country Railway

    www.dscr.com.au

    Take a journey on a restored heritage train through scenic countryside and to the edge of the Wombat State Forest, or journey in style aboard a cosy historic diesel train with drinks and savouries (Daylesford)

  • Kerrisdale Mountain Railway

    www.kerrisdalemtnrailway.com.au

    Located west of Yea in the Tallarook Ranges, take a scenic journey on the steep zig zag railway line, visit the steam engine museum and enjoy refreshments at the kiosk.

  • Mornington Railway

    www.morningtonrailway.org.au

    Experience a bygone era with a journey on a heritage steam or diesel train between Moorooduc and Mornington. There is also a working steam railway museum at the Moorooduc end of the line. (Mornington)

  • Portland Cable Trams

    www.portlandcabletrams.com.au

    For a taste of yesteryear, hop aboard a restored cable tram for a 7 kilometre journey along Portland's scenic foreshore and enjoy beach and harbour views. Hop on or off at various attractions along the way including the botanic gardens, World War 2 lookout tower, the Powerhouse Museum and Maritime Discovery Centre. (Portland)

  • Puffing Billy

    www.puffingbilly.com.au

    A century-old steam train which runs on its original scenic mountain track through lush fern gullies, forests and farmland between Belgrave, Menzies Creek, Emerald, Cockatoo and Gembrook. Dining carriages and special theme journeys are available.

  • Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway

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    This tourist railway runs along a 2 kilometre section of track on the old Meringur branch line, situated just south of the Red Cliffs township. 25 minute trips on the authentic steam train are available approximately once a month. (near Mildura)

  • Victorian Goldfields Railway

    www.vgr.com.au

    Step aboard an authentic heritage steam train on a journey between historic Maldon and Castlemaine, through forests and former goldmining areas. A first class carriage is available, recreating an era of elegance and decadence with an open lounge and fully equipped bar.

  • Walhalla Goldfields Railway

    www.walhallarail.com.au

    Ride the Walhalla Goldfields Railway through the spectacular Stringers Creek Gorge. The train line passes six large trestle bridges that criss-cross the gorge in an effort to find anchorage for each bridge abutment. The journey follows Stringers Creek to where it joins the Thomson River, across the historic Thomson River Bridge. Explore the area or enjoy a picnic at Thomson Station before returning to Walhalla. (Walhalla)

  • Yarra Valley Tourist Railway

    www.yvr.com.au

    Re-live the days of the golden 1950s as you travel on a historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to the iconic tunnel near the Tarrawarra Winery. Take in the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the beautiful Yarra Valley on this 9 kilometre round trip. (Healesville)

Steamrail

Steamrail offer heritage steam and diesel train trips around Melbourne and through Victoria, including tours to and from Ballarat, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Echuca, Geelong, Maldon, Shepparton, Swan Hill and Traralgon. Their fleet includes around 30 carriages which date back to the early 1900s. Step aboard and be transported back in time!