Steamrail Victoria invites you to ride our historical steam shuttles at Bendigo & Echuca. Journey behind steam locomotive R711, Spirit of Bendigo, celebrating its 70th anniversary. Alternatively travel on a one-way day transfer from Melbourne to Bendigo or Bendigo to Melbourne (Newport or Sunshine Stations). All steam train trips will be assisted by 69 year old heritage diesel locomotive A66, thanks to V/Line.
Bendigo Steam Train Shuttles - Sunday 17th April.
Join us for our Bendigo Steam Train Shuttles. Wave to the Bendigo locals and the lineside photographers while we take you back in time aboard The Vintage Train. Our shuttle trips run 20km north to the country hamlet of Woodvale, known for its gold mining activities since 1852. Stopping in the centre of the area's lush farming plains, our steam locomotive will then return us to Bendigo Station at high speed, returning the way we came through Eaglehawk.
Bendigo to Echuca Day Trip - Saturday 16th April.
Join us on for a relaxing return steam hauled journey towards the Murray River from Bendigo to Echuca. Departing Bendigo Station at 09:30am, view the historic workshops of Bendigo Tramways and the former Victorian Railways North Bendigo Workshops, known for the construction and maintenance of historic trams and steam locomotives for over 100 years. After passing through the expanding areas of Epsom and Huntly, we will venture out onto the Campaspe Plains and through the townships of Elmore and Rochester, waving to the locals as steam locomotive R711's whistle makes our presence known. After a journey of 1.5 hours onboard our heritage train, step off at Echuca, the historic river port town on the banks of the Murray. As our volunteers turn & service the steam locomotive, choose to add on a voyage onboard one of the famous Murray River paddlesteamers or simply take the time to explore the town at your own leisure. The train will depart Echuca at 4:35pm, arriving back into Bendigo at 6:10pm after a memorable day out. PS CANBERRA Enjoy a 1 hour river cruise onboard the historic paddle steamer, built in 1912 as a fishing vessel. Included in your river voyage will be a packaged lunch & complimetary tea and coffee.
Echuca Steam Train Shuttles - Saturday 16th April. Join us as we visit Echuca on for a 55 minute return steam train ride from Echuca Railway Station towards Rochester, returning to Echuca. Our shuttle trips run 21km south along the Campaspe Plains towards Rochester to the 229 kilometre post from Melbourne.
For more information or to make a booking visit the Steamrail Victoria website.