Australia's Heritage Railways

Puffing Billy Railway, Vic.

The restored Puffing Billy Steam Train takes travellers on a memorable-journey on Australia's most notable narrow gauge railway in the Dandenong Ranges, on the outskirts of Melbourne. It passes through 24 kilometres of cool temperate rainforest, lush ferns and towering timbers, semi-urban development and rural farmland.

Pichi Richi Railway, SA.

Take a ride back in time on the Pichi Richi Railway. An historic train (sometimes steam, sometimes diesel train) that runs on a section of the original line that ran between Port Augusta and Alice Springs (between Port Augusta and Quorn), the railway is one of Australia's most famous tourist railways, heading through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass. If you are visiting this region, it is worth timing your visit around the day that it operates.

SteamRanger Heritage Railway, SA.

SteamRanger Heritage Railway operates a number of different heritage steam and diesel hauled tourist trains between Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills and on through to the coastal holiday towns of Goolwa and Port Elliot and Victor Harbor. The Cockle Train travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1887 when it was constructed to provide a link between the River Murray and the ocean wharfs at Pt Elliot and later at Victor Harbor.

Bellarine Railway, Vic.

Bellarine Railway operates on a 16 km section of a formerly disused 3’6″ gauge branch line on the Bellarine Peninsula between the coastal town of Queenscliff and Drysdale, near Geelong. The Bellarine Railway has a current fleet of ten heritage steam locomotives, and a number of these are operational at any one time.

West Coast Wilderness Railway, Tas.

The West Coast Wilderness Railway is a reconstruction of the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company railway in Tasmania between Queenstown and Regatta Point, Strahan. The railway is significant because of its Abt rack system to conquer the mountainous terrain through rainforest, with original locomotives still operating on the railway today.

Steam Locomotive 3801, NSW.

3801 (pronounced Thirty-eight o-one) is Australia's best known and most widely travelled steam locomotive operated by the New South Wales Government Railway. The streamlined locomotive was designed to haul express trains such as the Newcastle Flyer and Melbourne Limited for the New South Wales Government Railways (NSWGR).

Victorian Goldfields Railway, Vic.

Winding through forest and open land in Central Victoria, the Victorian Goldfields Railway is a remnant of the extensive branch line railway system which served rural Victoria from around 1880 through to the 1970's. Branchline railways, radiating from the main lines, reached into sparsely populated regions, providing transport for farm produce, tapping the natural resources and promoting the settlement of new areas.

Old Ghan Heritage Railway, NT.

Relive the history of the Old Ghan Train and Central Australia's pioneering past as you wander through the Old Ghan Heritage Railway Museum. The original narrow gauge railway is closed, but 10km of the track has been preserved for the Old Ghan. The MacDonnell Siding, located 8 kilometres south of Alice Springs, where there is a 1930s-style railway station. The display area includes a souvenir shop, tearooms and restored locomotives and carriages.

Rail Motor Society, NSW.

The Rail Motor Society, based at Paterson, New South Wales, is a community owned collection of preserved self-propelled railway vehicles and equipment from the former New South Wales Government Railways. The Society's collection is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register and contains CPH 3 the oldest surviving rail motor in NSW and the only operating 400 Class rail motor.

Victor Harbor Horse Drawn Tram.

For many years goods were conveyed between the mainland and Granite Island on railway trucks drawn by horses. Many visitors to Victor Harbor delighted in the walk across the Causeway to the island. It had become a local attraction, and utlises a horse-drawn passenger tram to offer a service to Granite Island.



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