Victorian Railway Points of Interest

 
  Tristans Station Master

Hi All,

I am travelling to Victoria in late September and am looking to do a few VLine trips around the place and am looking for suggestions on railway points of interest.
So far, I am looking at Ararat Railway Heritage Museum (assume its still open?) and the museum at Williamstown.

Are there any other suggestions? not just museums, but also general points of interest.

Cheers,
Tristan.

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  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Hi All,

I am travelling to Victoria in late September and am looking to do a few VLine trips around the place and am looking for suggestions on railway points of interest.
So far, I am looking at Ararat Railway Heritage Museum (assume its still open?) and the museum at Williamstown.

Are there any other suggestions? not just museums, but also general points of interest.

Cheers,
Tristan.
Tristans
Are you looking for trams/light rail as well or just heavy rail?

Also, are you looking at suburban Melbourne or just V/Line?
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

Hi All,

I am travelling to Victoria in late September and am looking to do a few VLine trips around the place and am looking for suggestions on railway points of interest.
So far, I am looking at Ararat Railway Heritage Museum (assume its still open?) and the museum at Williamstown.

Are there any other suggestions? not just museums, but also general points of interest.

Cheers,
Tristan.
Tristans
From 27/08/17  your new  expanded Ararat tt is :

DOWN ex Sth Cross  WD  0816  1216  1416  1823  Weekends  0816  1216  1816

UP  ex Ararat   WD  0618   0715  1226  1449  1649  Weekends  0715Sat  0815Sun  1108Sat  1115Sun  1610Sat&Sun
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Change trains at Castlemaine for Maldon. Then go to Bendigo and have a look around the station and the old workshop - from the road.

Rick
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
If you want an enjoyable day out with a railway theme, I suggest getting a V/Line train to Castlemaine, and connecting with the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

You can then have a good look around Maldon station, watch the locomotive be turned and serviced, or alternatively you can take the short walk into Maldon township and have a browse of the old shops, and get a bite to eat before retuning to the station to catch your steam train back to Castlemaine for an easy connection back to Melbourne abourd a V/Line Vlocity train.

Steam trains operate from Castlemaine Railway Station to Maldon on Wednesdays and weekends.

I have no connection with the VGR, but I do beleive it is a great day out.
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
If you want an enjoyable day out with a railway theme, I suggest getting a V/Line train to Castlemaine, and connecting with the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

You can then have a good look around Maldon station, watch the locomotive be turned and serviced, or alternatively you can take the short walk into Maldon township and have a browse of the old shops, and get a bite to eat before retuning to the station to catch your steam train back to Castlemaine for an easy connection back to Melbourne abourd a V/Line Vlocity train.

Steam trains operate from Castlemaine Railway Station to Maldon on Wednesdays and weekends.

I have no connection with the VGR, but I do beleive it is a great day out.
Gman_86
           The Daylesford Country Spa Railway from Daylesford to Bullarto on weekends is certainly a good operation to look at and rather unique as it concentrates on Railmotors on a well maintained section of a former branch line .plus Daylesford , like Maldon is a good place to have a look around and get a good feed .
            Daylesford is not a long drive from Melbourne and is accessible via V/line coach .
  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
If you want an enjoyable day out with a railway theme, I suggest getting a V/Line train to Castlemaine, and connecting with the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

You can then have a good look around Maldon station, watch the locomotive be turned and serviced, or alternatively you can take the short walk into Maldon township and have a browse of the old shops, and get a bite to eat before retuning to the station to catch your steam train back to Castlemaine for an easy connection back to Melbourne abourd a V/Line Vlocity train.

Steam trains operate from Castlemaine Railway Station to Maldon on Wednesdays and weekends.

I have no connection with the VGR, but I do beleive it is a great day out.
           The Daylesford Country Spa Railway from Daylesford to Bullarto on weekends is certainly a good operation to look at and rather unique as it concentrates on Railmotors on a well maintained section of a former branch line .plus Daylesford , like Maldon is a good place to have a look around and get a good feed .
            Daylesford is not a long drive from Melbourne and is accessible via V/line coach .
Crossover
Of course there is always Puffing Billy accessible via suburban trains and a VERY good operation on the narrow gauge .as well
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Down at Williamstown they have a good collection of steam locomotives plus a bit of other rolling stock and a few odds and ends. It's quite interesting and a great volunteer run operation.

It's well worth a visit, but don't expect a proper "museum" with professional curation and things like interpretative displays as sadly they don't have the resources to hire a curator or do much sophisticated interpretive stuff. That said, it's surprisingly good for an entirely amateur operation.
  xxxxlbear Token Booking Clerk

Location: Geelong
I can recommend the Bellerine Railway.
The trip is a rather enjoyable trip through countryside and around Swan Bay on a 3' 6" narrow gauge track.

You can take a V/Line train to Geelong, then a bus to Queenscliff (trains at 1100 and 1500hrs to Drysdale, or 1330hrs to Lakers Siding) or a bus to Drysdale (1200 and 1610hrs to Q/cliff). Trains operate on Sundays throughout the year with extra services during peak periods such as public holidays and school holidays.
  Tristans Station Master

Thanks everyone, plenty of great information and suggestions!

@railblogger - while heavy rail is more of my interest, if time permits Trams/light rail as well

@kuldalai - thanks!

@RustyRick / @Gman_86 - Thanks! .. checking out the website now.

@Crossover - Cheers! .. the trip looks interesting, just have to sus out how to get there.

@Bogong - thanks, wondered if that may be the case - luckily I don't mind wandering around myself and being able to get up close to what they have on display Smile

@xxxxlbear - Thanks! .. checking out the website now.



Ta,
Tristan.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

The trip to Gembrook on Puffing Billy is excellent, really well worth it.One can get there by train to Belgrave station, Access to PB is from the eastern end of Begrave broad gauge station. Parking at Puffing Billy is fairly limited, In a sunny weekend one can usually expect a good number of people, so it would be worth getting to PB at least 30 minutes before the train leaves. I have been up to Gembrook on PB quite a few times having been a regular on both the track an bridge teams during the Gembrook extensions construction and I never got sick of the trip.

woodford
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

If you are in the CBD and want some exercise, you can walk from the Casino to Port Melbourne alongside the light rail (Route 109) which follows the route of Australia's first (proper) railway. It passes Southbank tram depot  where the restaurant trams are based. It's less than 3km, flat and should take less than an hour. If there are no cruise ships in dock (ignore the Spirit of Tasmanias) you can walk out on Station Pier (there's an "End of Pier" sign so you'll know when to stop; safety being paramount here in Victoria). Catch the 109 tram back. Old railway signal diagrams for Port Melbourne, although there's hardly anything left apart from the re-used station building, and the cruise ship itinerary can be searched on the net. There are some historic photos of the area just near the Spirit of Tasmania vehicle entrance.

Another tram trip from the CBD is to catch a Route 96 tram, which runs down Bourke Street, to Acland Street and Luna Park in St Kilda. Route 96 runs via the old St Kilda rail line which has been converted to light rail. You may catch glimpses of the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and the Albert Park Formula 1 circuit on the left and St Kilda Pier and Catani Gardens on the right. Return via St Kilda Road and the Shrine on a Route 16 (or 3A on weekends) tram which runs up Swanston Street. An alternative return trip is to catch a Route 12 tram from the corner of Fitzroy and Park Streets (about 1km north of Luna Park, along The Esplanade) which runs via Clarendon Street (South Melbourne Market) and Collins Street. You'll need to check opening times for various attractions and Routes 16 & 3A may be disrupted by Melbourne Metro works at the Domain Interchange, near the Shrine.

You'll need a myki card(s) for the above.
  stooge spark Chief Train Controller

Location: My House
If you're really into light rail and our trams, you can go to any of the tram depots, they are all pretty accessible and have quite a range of trams, the new preston depot in particular looks pretty good.
Although heavy rail wise I'd like to suggest either taking the South gippsland coach that goes to Yarram and getting off at Korrumbarra or Leongatha, as well having a good look at the surroundings along the stony point line, and of course lets not forget the Newport rail yard (which I believe has a steam museum near it, could be wrong).
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Although heavy rail wise I'd like to suggest either taking the South gippsland coach that goes to Yarram and getting off at Korrumbarra or Leongatha . . .
"stooge spark"
I cannot imagine why any interstate visitor would use up a full day to go and look at places where there once were trains. it's a long, boring bus ride.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Another thought, you may want to have a look at Steamrail Victoria's website, http://www.steamrail.com.au/?page=tours
they run great tours utilising classic Victorian Railways rollingstock hauled on the mainline by their beautifully restored Steam locomotives.

During the period you mentioned you will be in Vic, they are running 2 tours, the first on Saturday the 23rd, is their Echuca Overlander, which will travel from Castlemaine to Echuca and will include the use of the VGR's spectacular Tambo "Overlander" 1st class carriage with its car end viewing platform. The 2nd will be the following Saturday (30th, AFL Grand Final day) and will run from Melbourne to Shepparton.

A warning, it can get a bit expensive, but they sure offer a memorable experience.
  railblogger Chief Commissioner

Location: At the back of the train, quitely doing exactly what you'd expect.
Thanks everyone, plenty of great information and suggestions!

@railblogger - while heavy rail is more of my interest, if time permits Trams/light rail as well

@kuldalai - thanks!

@RustyRick / @Gman_86 - Thanks! .. checking out the website now.

@Crossover - Cheers! .. the trip looks interesting, just have to sus out how to get there.

@Bogong - thanks, wondered if that may be the case - luckily I don't mind wandering around myself and being able to get up close to what they have on display Smile

@xxxxlbear - Thanks! .. checking out the website now.



Ta,
Tristan.
Tristans
No worries. If time permits then check out the Bendigo Tourist Tram. Catch a V/Line service to Bendigo and walk down the hill towards the fountain which is opposite the tram stop.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
You say "late September".  If you will be here on Saturday September 30th, there is a trip from Seymour to Tocumwal, just over the river in NSW.  It's an interesting route, and north of Shepparton, it follows tracks which nowadays are used only for freight.  Tocumwal is a pleasant destination, with a riverside market that day.  More info:  http://www.srhc.org.au/Portals/0/Tocumwal%20Flyer%202017%20WEBSITE.pdf .

(Please note, I have no connection whatever with SRHC.)
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Tram wise, there's also the free tourist tram Route 35 (City Circle). It runs clockwise and anti-clockwise, using W-class trams. Other tram travel is free within the CDB. Check out the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) site for times and details.

Melbourne's so-called tram route maps are a bit vague. The street the tram is actually travelling along is given after the stop number and name, eg

2 - King Street La Trobe Street.

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