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Heritage trains operated by both steam and diesel locomotives around Victoria

SRHC - Last broad gauge to Albury 2008

8 November 2008

In November 2008 the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran a special train for the last day of broad gauge operations on the North-East line. The train had V/Line's N453 'City of Albury' with Parlor and Dining Car along with a number of AS and BS sitting cars.

SRHC - Maryborough picnic train, December 2010

11 December 2010

On December 11, 2010 SRHC ran their "picnic train" consist from Seymour to Maryborough via Melbourne, North Geelong and Ballarat.

SRHC - Santa’s Express to Bendigo

1 December 2019

On 1 December 2019 the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran the Santa’s Express train from Seymour to Bendigo via SOuthern Cross. X31, B74 and T378 led the train, made up of State Car 4, State Car 5, 3BS, Dining Car, Mitta Mitta, 1BE, 5ABE, 30AE, and parlor car Yarra.

SRHC - Spirit of Progress 70th Anniversary Tour

25 November 2007

The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre operated a Spirit of Progress 70th Anniversary Tour, with locomotives B74 and S303 used along with the majority of the original carriage consist. The train ran from Seymour to Albury and return via Southern Cross Station, with a side trip from Albury to the turntable at Wodonga to turn Parlor Car and the locomotives.

SRHC - Spirit of Progress 80th Anniversary Tour, 2017

25 November 2017

The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre operated a Spirit of Progress 80th Anniversary Tour, with locomotives B74 and S303 used along with the majority of the original carriage consist. The train ran from Seymour to Ballarat, travelling via Sunshine, Newport and North Shore in both directions.

SRHC - Spirit of Progress to Albury, November 2019

23 November 2019

On 23 November 2019 the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran a standard gauge tour from Southern Cross Station to Albury and return. T357 and P22 led the train, made up of carriages 1 BS, 11 BS, 4 AS and Parlor Car.

SRHC - Strawberry and Cherry Festival, November 2018

17 November 2018

On 17 November 2018 the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran a special train to the Strawberry and Cherry Festival at Bacchus Marsh, with B74 and X31 hauling Parlor Car, Dining, Mitta Mitta, 3 AS, 3 BS, 30 AE, 14BE, 1 BE and Yarra.

SRHC - Tastes of the Goulburn, October 2007

27 October 2007

The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran train rides behind behind T357 and T320 for the "Tastes of the Goulburn" festival at Seymour. Some shuttles ran to Avenel while others went just past Mangalore

SRHC - Tocumwal Centenary Tour, July 2008

12 July 2008

On July 12th the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran a special train from Seymour through the Goulburn Valley to Tocumwal. V/Line's N468 and SRHC's T320 were the locomotives, with 10 carriages: 'State 4', four S cars, four E cars and 'Yarra'.

SRHC - Tocumwal December 2008

13 December 2008

On Saturday 13, 2008 the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran their picnic train from Seymour to Tocumwal, the locos were V/Line's N460 and N461

SRHC - Tocumwal December 2009

12 December 2009

B74 and S303 lead the 11 car train from Seymour to Tocumwal and return, with a shuttle also run from Tocumwal to Strathmerton

SRHC - Traralgon charter, 2008

9 August 2008

On August 09, 2008 SRHC ran a 'Blue Train' charter to Traralgon behind V/Line locomtoive N468

SRHC - Warrnambool Blue Train, March 2007

7 April 2007

In April 2007 the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran their blue train consist from Seymour via Melbourne and Geelong to Warrnambool and return. The locomotives were T357 and T320.

SRHC / Steamrail - Tastes of the Goulburn 2010

16 October 2010

SRHC ran shuttles north from Seymour with T357 and T413, while Steamrail ran a train from Melbourne to Seymour with R761. After their arrival T413 was replaced on the shuttles by R761.

SRHC locomotive transfers

19 March 2011

From time to time Seymour Railway Heritage Centre locomotives are transferred light engine to Melbourne, ready for hire to private rail freight operators.

Steam locomotive J539 preserved at Dimboola

27 June 2010

Steam locomotive J539 is now statically preserved in a park in Dimboola

Steam locomotive K183 preserved at Yarragon

25 August 2012

'K183' is statically preserved at Yarragon - but is actually a renumbered K162

Steamrail - 'Ballarat Discoverer' May 2009

2 May 2009

R761 lead a 5 car train from Melbourne to Ballarat and return, via Bacchus March both ways.

Steamrail - 'Geelong Flyer' September 2006

28 September 2006

R761 was the loco with a train of mostly wooden cars

Steamrail - A2 986 'Spirit of Warragul' May 2017

13 May 2017

After sitting in a park in Warragul for years, on 13 May 2017 newly restored steam locomotive A2 986 officially reentered service, running to Warragul where it was named 'Spirit of Warragul'.

Steamrail - A2 986 testing runs

8 November 2015

In 2015 Steamrail completed their restoration of steam locomotive A2 986, with a number of mainline test runs being completed between Newport and Sunshine to test it out before it hauls a passenger train.

Steamrail - Bacchus Marsh September 2007

27 September 2007

D3 658 was the loco on a train of wooden cars, bound for Bacchus Marsh

Steamrail - Ballarat driver training September 2009

13 September 2009

Recently repaired R761 took 5 cars on a driver training run from Melbourne to Ballarat - via Geelong on Saturday 12th, and back via Bacchus Marsh on Sunday 13th

Steamrail - Ballarat East depot

26 March 2011

Stored trains at the Ballarat East locomotive depot

Steamrail - Bendigo, May 2015

16 May 2015

On May 16, 2015 R761 and K190 lead a heritage train from Melbourne to Bendigo, with K190 being detached at Castlemaine on the return journey, and exchanged with D3 639 from the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

Steamrail - Bendigo charter, June 2018

27 June 2018

On June 27, 2018 Steamrail ran a private charter from Southern Cross to Bendigo and return, with R711 leading sitting cars 600BK and 11AS, club car Moorabool, and power van PCP292.

Steamrail - Bendigo charter October 2009

28 October 2009

Steamrail ran a charter for Southern Cross Television from Melbourne to Bendigo. Hired V/Line loco N470 lead Steamrail carriages 269 BZ (Hobsons Bay), Moorabool, 2 BS, 14 BRS and PCP 292.

Steamrail - Bendigo Cup charter 2010

27 October 2010

A charter operated by Steamrail Victoria on behalf of Southern Cross Television, for the Bendigo Cup. The consist was PCP292, 11AS, 14BRS, Moorabool, and BZ269 ('Hobsons Bay').

Steamrail - Bendigo Easter special, April 2019

21 April 2019

On April 21, 2019 Steamrail led a special Easter train from Southern Cross to Bendigo and return, with R711  leading PCP292, 11AS, 8AS, Moorabool, 7ABE, 600BK and 700BK.

Steamrail - Bendigo Line 150th tour

21 October 2012

On October 21, 2012 Steamrail relaunched steam locomotive R711 into service, hauling a seven car to Bendigo for the 150th anniversary of the line opening. T364 went along push-pull for the empty cars ride between Newport and Southern Cross, reversing at Sunshine due to an occupation on the line via Yarraville

Steamrail - Camperdown April 2016

17 April 2016

On 17 April 2016 Steamrail ran a train from Melbourne to Camperdown and return via Werribee, with T395 and T364 as the motive power.

Steamrail - Castlemaine charter, October 2018

28 October 2018

On 28 October 2018 Steamrail ran a charter train from Melbourne to Castlemaine and return, with R761 leading PCP292, Moorabool, 708BK, 25BE, 17BE, 18CE and water tank VZVF1.

Steamrail - Castlemaine charter, September 2017

16 September 2017

On 16 September 2017 Steamrail operated a charter from Melbourne to Castlemaine and return with A2 986, with carriages 17BE, 3ABE, 7ABE, 38BE, 1BCE, and water gin VZVF1. K190 was also attached to the down leg of the trip, on transfer to the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

Steamrail - Caulfield-Moorabbin shuttles, November 2017

25 November 2017

On 24 November 2017 Steamrail Victoria steam locomotives A2 986 and K153 hauled the preserved Tait train between Caulfield and Moorabbin.

Steamrail - Christmas charters, 2018

8 December 2018

Each year Steamrail runs a series of charter trains in the later half of the year for Dreamscape Tours, taking party goers from Melbourne of an evening out to the Macedon Ranges and return, with plenty of booze and parting along the way

Steamrail - Christmas charters 2015

5 December 2015

Each year Steamrail runs a series of charter trains in the later half of the year for a number of private tours companies, taking party goers from Melbourne of an evening out to the Macedon Ranges or Geelong, then return, with plenty of booze and parting along the way

Steamrail - Christmas charters 2017

16 December 2017

Each year Steamrail runs a series of charter trains in the later half of the year for Dreamscape Tours, taking party goers from Melbourne of an evening out to the Macedon Ranges and return, with plenty of booze and parting along the way

Steamrail - Christmas charters 2019

6 December 2019

Each year Steamrail runs a series of charter trains in the later half of the year for Dreamscape Tours, taking party goers from Melbourne of an evening out to the Macedon Ranges and return, with plenty of booze and parting along the way.

Steamrail - Cruise Express charter, July 2019

20 July 2019

On 20 July 2019 Steamrail Victoria ran a charter train for 'Cruise Express' from Southern Cross to Ballarat, via North Geelong in the morning, and via Bacchus Marsh on the return. A2 986 led the train, with carriages 18 CE, 12AE, 14BRS, 8AS, 600BK, 17BE and water gin VZVF1.

Steamrail - Cup Weekender October 2010

30 October 2010

Running from Melbourne to Quambatook and Sea Lake over the Melbourne Cup weekend, the consist was S313 - S301 - PCP - Goulburn - LAN - Moorabool - BZ - BRS - Werribee - Indi - Coliban - Inman - AK - BCE.

Steamrail - D3 transfer to Castlemaine, September 2014

27 September 2014

On September 27, 2014 D3 639 was transferred light engine from the Steamrail depot at Newport to Castlemaine, where it will spend the summer on the Victorian Goldfields Railway. The transfer had to change ends at Southern Cross Station

Steamrail - Double R class to Bendigo, September 2011

17 September 2011

R707 and R761 lead a 10 car train from Melbourne to Bendigo and return, connecting with a special train on the Victorian Goldfields Railway at Castlemaine. The train ran arrived back in Melbourne an hour early, skipping the timetabled crosses after V/Line cancelled most of their trains due to a power failure in Melbourne.

Steamrail - Double R class to Bendigo, September 2012

8 September 2012

R707 and R761 lead a 10 car train from Melbourne to Bendigo and return, connecting with a special train on the Victorian Goldfields Railway at Castlemaine. Along the way we were overtaken by a trio of PN locos headed towards Elphinstone to rescue a failed grain train.

Steamrail - Easter special 2016

27 March 2016

On March 27, 2016 Steamrail Victoria ran a special train from Melbourne to Bendigo and return. S313 and A66 were rostered to lead the train, but due to locomotive faults A66 went it alone.

Steamrail - Echuca Explorer, July 2017

8 July 2017

On 8 July 2017 R711 lead a Steamrail train from Southern Cross to Echuca and return, running via Seymour and Toolamba

Steamrail - Echuca Explorer October 2018

13 October 2018

On 13 October 2018 Steamrail Victoria ran their 'Echuca Explorer' from Melbourne, featuring double headed steam as far as Seymour with A2 986 and R761, with the A2 taking the train the rest of the way to Echuca.

Steamrail - Essendon-Broadmeadows shuttles, April 2018

7 April 2018

On 7th and 8th April 2018 Steamrail took their restored Tait set behind steam locomotives Y112 and A2 986 on six return trips between Essendon and Broadmeadows.

Steamrail - Essendon-Broadmeadows shuttles, November 2018

18 November 2018

On 18 November 2018 A2 986 and K190 ran suburban shuttles between Essendon and Broadmeadows, running push-pull with 17 BE, 38 BE, 46 BE, 25 BE and 1 BCE.

Steamrail - Geelong 'Rail and Sail' May 2019

5 May 2019

On 5 May 2019 K190 led 17 BE, 38 BE, 14 BRS, Moorabool, 600 BK, 7 ABE, 68 BW and 25 BE from Southern Cross to Geelong and return, travelling along the Regional Rail Link tracks via Tarneit.

Steamrail - Geelong April 2007

1 April 2007

T356 was the loco, and the train ran through to South Geelong to run around due to football specials taking up space at the usual destination of Geelong. I didn't notice until my way home...

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