Upcoming Tours - 2018

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Steam Hauled. (D) Diesel Hauled.
## To be confirmed.

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Saturday 13 October 2018 – Echuca Explorer. (S)
Double Headed Steam as far as Seymour! Featuring A2 986 to Echuca and R 761 as far as Seymour.
Steam train to Echuca. Wine & Dine, paddle boat cruise & dine or explore historic Echuca.

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Sunday 21 October 2018 - Rail & Sail (S)
Steam train to Geelong and return by the Victoria Star ferry. (or vice versa)

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Saturday 10 November 2018 – Suburban Steam Shuttles. (S) ##
Join Steamrail Victoria for a 45 minute return journey aboard Melbourne's red rattler Tait trains hauled by two steam locomotives.

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Sunday 11 November 2018 – Suburban Steam Shuttles. (S) ##
Join Steamrail Victoria for a 45 minute return journey aboard Melbourne's red rattler Tait trains hauled by two steam locomotives.

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Saturday 24 November 2018 – Dreamscape Tours (Charter) (D)
Exciting function train tours around Melbourne for your end of year Christmas party needs.

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Friday 30 November 2018 – Dreamscape Tours (Charter) (D)
Exciting function train tours around Melbourne for your end of year Christmas party needs.

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Saturday 1 December 2018 – Dreamscape Tours (Charter) (D)
Exciting function train tours around Melbourne for your end of year Christmas party needs.

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Friday 7 December 2018 – Dreamscape Tours (Charter) (D)
Exciting function train tours around Melbourne for your end of year Christmas party needs.

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Saturday 8 December 2018 – Dreamscape Tours (Charter) (D)
Exciting function train tours around Melbourne for your end of year Christmas party needs.

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Friday 14 December 2018 – Dreamscape Tours (Charter) (D)
Exciting function train tours around Melbourne for your end of year Christmas party needs.

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Saturday 15 December 2018 – Dreamscape Tours (Charter) (D)
Exciting function train tours around Melbourne for your end of year Christmas party needs.

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Past tours - 2017 | 2016

Sunday 11 and Monday 12 March 2018 - Newport Workshops Open Days
See 9 STEAM LOCOS ON DISPLAY! PLUS, Heritage Diesels & Electrics and other historic rollingstock and displays.

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Sunday 25 March 2018 - Suburban Shuttles (S)
Join Steamrail Victoria as we operate 2 steam trains with Melbourne's "Red Rattlers" departing Flinders Street Station.
Featuring Steam Locomotives A² 986 and K153.

6 trips available -
Morning | Flinders Street to Essendon, Flinders Street to Caulfield and Flinders Street to Sunshine.
Afternoon | Flinders Street to Essendon, Flinders Street to Caulfield and Flinders Street to Sunshine.

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Saturday 7 April 2018 – Suburban Shuttles (S)
Sunday 8 April 2018 – Suburban Shuttles (S)
Join Steamrail Victoria for some school holiday fun, as we operate 2 steam trains with Melbourne's "Red Rattlers" departing Essendon Railway Station.
Featuring Steam Locomotives Y112 and K153.

6 trips available on Saturday and Sunday -
Essendon to Broadmeadows and return.

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Sunday 6 May 2018 - Rail & Sail (S)
Steam train to Geelong and return by the Victoria Star ferry. (or vice versa)

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Saturday 12 May 2018 - Charter - Warrnambool Westcoaster (S)
R711 will make its long awaited return to Warrnambool on May 12th 2018.

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Saturday 19 May 2018 - Echuca Overlander (S)
Travel from Castlemaine / Bendigo to Echuca by steam train in the luxurious Macedon and Tambo carriages (First Class) or in 1920’s vintage carriages (Excursion Class).

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Friday 25 May 2018 – Melbourne to Ballarat in an Afternoon. (S)
A relaxing afternoon reliving 1920’s steam train travel to Ballarat, return to Melbourne by a V/Line service.

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Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018 – Ballarat Shuttles. (S)
Steam train rides as part of the Ballarat Heritage Weekend from Ballarat to near Lal Lal and return.

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Sunday 27 May 2018 – Ballarat to Melbourne in an Afternoon. (S)
Catch a V/Line train to Ballarat and return to Melbourne 1920’s style by steam train.

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Friday 8 to Monday 11 June 2018 – Northern Weekender. (S)
Enjoy overnight steam train travel sleeping in 1910’s and 1950’s interstate sleeper carriages. Explore Swan Hill and Echuca by day.

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Saturday 9 June 2018 – Northern Weekender - Kerang to Swan Hill (S) ##
One way shuttle trip from Kerang to Swan Hill, departing at 8:30am.

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Monday 11 June 2018 – Northern Weekender - Bendigo to Melbourne (S) ##
One way transfer trip from Bendigo to Melbourne, departing at 1:55pm.

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Wednesday 27th June 2018 - Charter (S)
Charter - no public tickets available.

Saturday 28 July 2018 – Snow Train 1. (S)
Sunday 5 August 2018 – Snow Train 2. (S)

Double header steam engines. A chance to play in the snow at Mt Baw Baw, visit the historic goldfields town of Walhalla or enjoy extended rail travel through to Traralgon.

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Saturday 28 July 2018 – Snow Train 1. (S) - MOE to TRARALGON SHUTTLE

3 Options Available
-Moe to Traralgon return with stopover in Traralgon.
-Moe to Traralgon one way (AM trip)
-Traralgon to Moe one way (PM trip)

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Sunday 5 August 2018 – Snow Train 2. (S) - MOE to TRARALGON SHUTTLE

3 Options Available
-Moe to Traralgon return with stopover in Traralgon.
-Moe to Traralgon one way (AM trip)
-Traralgon to Moe one way (PM trip)

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Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August 2018 – Maldon Weekender. (S)
Overnight travel in 1910 interstate sleeping cars to Maldon. Explore Maldon and Castlemaine. Travel in the luxurious Macedon and Tambo carriages on the VGR branch line.

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Sunday 26 August 2018 – Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Morning Train. (S)
One way journey from Flinders Street to Hurstbridge as part of the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival.

Tickets available now, visit http://wattlefestival.org.au/?page_id=18

Sunday 26 August 2018 – Hurstbridge Wattle Festival Shuttles. (S)
Steam train rides through the beautiful Diamond Valley between Hurstbridge and Eltham as part of the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival.

Tickets available now, visit http://wattlefestival.org.au/?page_id=18

Sunday 26 August 2018 – Hurstbridge Wattle Festival The Night Train (S)
One way journey from Hurstbridge to Flinders Street as part of the Hurstbridge Wattle Festival.

Tickets available now, visit http://wattlefestival.org.au/?page_id=18

Saturday 1 September 2018 – Cruise Express Charter (S)
Private Charter to Castlemaine.

See website for more info - https://cruiseexpress.com.au/cruise-list/southern-rail-spectacular/

September / October 2018 - Echuca Evening Overlander (S) ## - Cancelled due to track works
Travel from Castlemaine / Bendigo to Echuca by steam train in the luxurious Macedon and Tambo carriages (First Class) or in 1920’s vintage carriages (Excursion Class).

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Saturday 8 September 2018 – Maldon Experience or Bendigo (S)
Travel to Castlemaine and change trains for a day out to Maldon, or alternatively travel with us through to Bendigo.

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Saturday 15 September 2018 – Goulburn Valley Explorer (S)
Departing Southern Cross station, explore the Goulburn Valley wineries or travel on to Shepparton in Steamrail’s heritage carriages behind a classic 1950s R class steam locomotive.

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Conditions of Travel

Conditions

Travelers on Steamrail trains are bound by Steamrail's standard conditions of travel. Acceptance of a ticket is deemed an acceptance of these regulations. While we endeavour to operate this tour as advertised, it may be necessary to alter or cancel all or part of the tour due to circumstances beyond our control. On days declared to be of high fire danger and/or Total Fire Ban, the train will be hauled by one of Steamrail's heritage diesel locomotives. We cannot be liable for any cost incurred by you arising from any late running of this tour.

Adults must take responsibility at all times for infants and other persons in their care.
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Payments

All payments made to Steamrail Victoria Inc. are in Australian Dollars only. (AUD).
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Refunds

Steamrail will offer refunds if you are unable to travel due to illness or other serious cause, under the following circumstances set out below:-

  • Where the cancellation is made more than 14 days before the date of departure – Full refund of all amounts charged.
  • Where the cancellation is made any time between 14 days and 7 days before the date of departure – Refund of 50 per cent of the amount charged.
  • Where the cancellation is made any time between 6 days and 1 day before the date of departure – Refund of 25 per cent of the amount charged.
  • Where cancellation is made on the day of departure – No refund is allowed.

If on the day of departure through no fault of Steamrail a passenger fails to board the scheduled service this will be treated as a cancellation by the person making the booking and no refund will be provided.

In these circumstances Steamrail may allocate the booking to someone else without further notice to the person who was booked on the service.

Where it is necessary for a service to be cancelled prior to its scheduled date of operation by Steamrail due to factors beyond its control passengers who are booked on the service will be offered the option to:

  • Rebook on an alternate service of the same value in lieu of any refund.
  • Receive a full refund of the fare paid.

Where a refund is payable to a passenger it may take up to 28 days for this to be received due to the need for the application to be processed.

When bookings are made for weekend tours, given that the fares involved are substantial it is recommended that passengers give consideration to taking out travel insurance at the time of their making a booking. Such action should ensure that any person making a booking is not out of pocket in case they are unable to travel and are not entitled to a refund from Steamrail.
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Companion Card Holders

Steamrail Victoria is a not for profit volunteer organisation. All proceeds from tours, goes into the restoration and maintenance of our rollingstock and other associated costs, as such Steamrail Victoria is not subscribed to the Companion Card program. However, we have made allowances within our fare structure under the following circumstances set out below:-

  • On Day Excursions and Weekender Tours, if a passenger is the holder of a Companion Card the companion will travel at a fare equal to the fare charged to the holder of the Companion Card regardless of their eligibility for that particular fare.  The companion must be fit to complete all the duties of a travel carer including being able to assist with all aspects of personal care.  
  • In the case of the holder of a Companion Card travelling on a Shuttle Service (short train ride), their companion will be eligible to travel free on the service when accompanying the holder of the Companion Card, subject to the availability of seats.

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Rail and Sail Conditions

In particular, the Rail and Sail may be subject to extreme weather conditions. Due to high fire danger the train will be hauled by one of Steamrail's heritage diesel locomotives. In the event of very rough conditions forecast on Port Phillip Bay, the Victoria Star may be unable to cruise. In this case the train will be increased in size and all patrons conveyed in both directions by rail, and a partial refund, or discount on the next Rail and Sail, offered.
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Group Discounts

We offer group discounts for parties of 16 or more on most tours. If you have a group of 50 or more, a special private carriage may be available, while for larger groups your own chartered Vintage Train may be an option.
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Seniors

We welcome holders of Seniors card. On request, during the tour, the valid card must be produced for each seat booked at the reduced rate.
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Under 16

Children under 16 travel at a reduced rate. If you are bringing small children, please let us know.
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Smoking

On board smoking is not permitted.
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Alcohol

Strictly no BYO alcohol is to be consumed onboard. The train has a licensed bar, with a range of wines, ales and mixed drinks at reasonable prices.
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Important Information

Regional Fast Rail

Due to circumstances beyond Steamrail's control, all Steamrail trains operating on the Regional Fast Rail Network (Geelong, Traralgon, Bendigo and Ballarat) are restricted to 80km/h running. This can from time to time have an impact on operating tours along these lines. V/Line Network Access operational needs can from time to time affect the operation of various Steamrail tours.
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Fire Restrictions

Fire Restrictions can be applied across most areas of Victoria by CFA, when fire danger is high. Typically this is over the summer period of November through to April. Restrictions are applied in small areas at a time. View a map of current restrictions across Victorian municipalities.
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Elecrail

Elecrail still has no trips planned at this stage, but talks are progressing with the goal of getting Elecrail operational again. Hopefully it will not be long until Elecrail is back on the rails.
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Cross Posting of Proposed Tour Dates

This is a quick note for the editors of some other websites. Please feel free to cross post the information listed in the main section of this page but please refrain from referring to trips listed solely on the Tour Calendar. Trip information listed on the Calendar are subject to change pending operational needs. Trips are not confirmed as running until they are listed on the main page. Thank you.
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Departure Information and Enquiries

The train departs and arrives at Southern Cross Station, also picking up and setting down at selected suburban stations. It is advised to contact Steamrail's Information Line on (03) 9397 1953 at least two days prior to departure to confirm any timetabling arrangements.
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