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Sunday 16 July 2017 - Best of British Suburban Tour 

Vintage Rail Travel/707 Operations is celebrating the best of British locomotives built for the Victorian Railways, with a suburban tour by our English Electric diesel locomotive F208 and steam locomotive R707. This unique suburban tour includes the first mainline visit of F208 since 1999 and a rare opportunity to visit the industrial parts of western and inner Melbourne’s rail network. Book here.


The Trip:

This unique trip is a celebration of the of the best of British built locomotives on the Victorian Railways with a rare return to mainline tour with our English Electric locomotive F208 and R707 steam locomotive operating a suburban tour. This will be the first working of F208 and R707 on a tour together and the only opportunity to experience F208 on a mainline tour in the decade.

Over the tour of Western Melbourne and some rare locations, you will have the opportunity to experience our fleet of saloon and compartment carriages through the journey, as well as visit locations not regularly accessible to the public.

Our trip offers the opportunity to experience F208's first mainline trip since 1999 and our first heritage tour with both R707 and F208.


The train is licensed and will offer a full bar service with a selection of ales, wine, sparkling and mixed spirits, as well as our onboard cafe with espresso coffee and snacks available.

To book your tickets click here.

Trip Fares

Adult $70
Concession (1)
707 Operations Member $55
Child (4 to 16 yrs)
Child (under 4 yrs) free
Family (2)
Compartment (3) $380

(1) Concession fares are available to persons entitled to public transport concession fares in Victoria.

(2) A family ticket covers two adults and up to three children 4 to 16 years.

(3) Compartment seats up to 8 people.


Train Times: To be confirmed

The following train times are approximate and subject to change. Please visit this website two days before departure date to check for any updates.

Depart 707 Operations Newport Depot 12.10 pm
Newport Metro Station 12.15 pm


Newport Metro Station 5.15 pm
Arrive 707 Operations Newport Depot 5.25 pm


Passengers may join or leave the train at either our Newport Depot Workshops our Newport Metro Station.

Ample free parking space available at 707 Operations Newport Workshops Depot (enter from Champion Road via Shea Street)



BOOKING IS OPEN. To book click here.

Or download our booking flyer here.


Revised: 29 May 2017