TAKE a step back in time on Saturday with the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre.
The centre invites you on a heritage train tour to Echuca for the annual Echuca Steam Rally with a free breakfast in Seymour Station’s historic dining room prior to departure.
Echuca’s steam rally is a major community event. First held in 1963, it is one of the region’s longest running events and attracts visitors from all over the country.
This event showcases more than 700 exhibits of yesteryear, with steam engines, vintage cars, working horses and more.
A free shuttle bus will be available to take train travellers to the rally.
In Echuca there are a couple of optional tours.
Paddle Steamer Hero is a must for the whole family and steam buffs. Built more than 140 years ago, in 1874, Hero is arguably the most luxurious paddle steamer operating on the Murray River today. Enjoy 90 minutes of cruising along the Murray and taking in the scenery while enjoying a Winter Warmer lunch (a licensed bar will be available). The transfer from the station to the wharf is by 100-year-old double-decker bus.
PS Pevensey was built in 1911 and is known as the Clydesdale of the river. It holds the record for the largest load of wool brought down the Murrumbidgee River. Enjoy lunch at Port 53 prior to your one-hour cruise at 1.30 pm.
Your heritage train will be hauled by former Victorian Railways blue and gold locomotives, and passengers will have the choice of travelling in comfortable 100-year-old wooden-bodied carriages or former Spirit of Progress steel compartment carriages.
The 111-year-old Yarra carriage will be on your trip to Echuca, with countryside scenery to be enjoyed from the viewing platform. The famous original 1937 Spirit of Progress round-ended parlour carriage and dining carriage will also be part of your train, with dining options available by local caterer Taste on Track. A licensed bar and kiosk will also be available.
For further details, visit srhc.org.au or phone 0412 124 659.