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Travel in style to Traralgon

By David Rak

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre is offering the chance to travel in style to Traralgon on April 18 aboard a heritage train hauled by former Victorian Railways locomotives.

Passengers will have the choice of travelling in comfortable 110-year-old wooden-bodied carriages, 80-year-old steel carriages or, for a little extra, enjoy travel in the 1906 First Class AE Carriage.

There are some optional tours on offer too, including: a trip to Walhalla Goldfields Railway which offers views of Stringers Creek; experiencing the rich history of the Walhalla Long Tunnel Mine with extensive history into the township of Walhalla; or a power station history tour in Morwell.

Located in the Latrobe Valley, on Princes Hwy, Traralgon lies at the intersection of many a Gippsland adventure. As the region’s entertainment capital, Traralgon has an ever-expanding choice of top-notch dining options and a thriving pub and club scene.

See remnants of the gold rush years reflected in the architecture of the town at Traralgon Post Office, Ryan’s Hotel and Ostler House.

The optional Walhalla Goldfields Railway tour offers lunch at Walhalla Railway’s Function Room — a former railway shed — after your coach ride to Walhalla. Then, take a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway, an unforgettable journey offering wonderful views of Stringers Creek as it meanders down the gorge to the Thomson River across eight trestle bridges and along a narrow shelf cut into the mountainside.

Another optional tour, which is conducted by a mine guide, takes visitors to Walhalla Long Tunnel Mine where they can experience the history of the mine and the town of Walhalla. Lunch is provided in Walhalla prior to the mine tour.

Also on offer is a two-and-a-half-hour power tour in Morwell which comprises a guided 70 km circuit of mines, power stations, historic sites, pilot plants, an overview lookout and Power Works museum visit with light refreshments.

Enjoy the Parlor Observation Cars (Yarra and State No.4) while trundling to Gippsland. This will be the first time both parlor carriages will travel to Gippsland on the recently rebuilt elevated rail sections (Skyrail), allowing access to both viewing platforms.

The beautifully restored 114-year-old Yarra carriage will be on the trip to Traralgon. Built at Newport Workshops by the Victorian Railways in 1906, Yarra is one of two parlor carriages (the other being Murray) which was used on the train Sydney Limited.

Metal ceilings are impressed with an arabesque design, decorated leadlight segments overhang the large side windows, and an observations platform is at the rear of the train.

State No. 4 was built in 1927 and used as a royal train for visits from the Duke and Duchess of York (1927), Queen Elizabeth II (1954), and Prince and Princess of Wales (1988).

For more information or to book, visit srhc.org.au or phone 0477 707 411.