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The Grainlander

Heritage Steam and Diesel to Sea Lake

Friday 7 to Sunday 9 May

Returning with our first steam tour of 2021 join 707 Operations on the Grainlander to Wycheproof and Sea Lake and the Korong Vale and Kulwin branch line with the heritage sleeping carriages, hauled by our heritage steam and diesel locomotives departing from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station on Friday 7 May2021, returning on Sunday 9 May. Join 707 Operations as we travel to Sea Lake, Wycheproof and the Silo Art Trail with two nights of unique overnight travel with our heritage steam and diesel locomotives R707, S306 and T413, and carriages to Sea Lake and a COVID-Safe weekend away. Book your tickets here.

An evening departure with our heritage diesel locomotives from Melbourne's Southern Cross Station at 10.10 pm, we will begin with a welcome aboard drink and nibbles in our lounge carriages as we head west and northward to Ballarat and Maryborough. Retiring to your sleeping cabin for an evenings rest as we climb up the Great Dividing Range through Bacchus Marsh, on through Ballarat and Maryborough during the night.

With a 4.30 am departure from Maryborough we head out through Dunolly, Inglewood, Korong Vale, Charlton and Wycheproof as we venture on the line to Kulwin. Start Saturday morning with a cooked breakfast as we head north-west into Victoria's grain belt and then enjoy the spring crops travel past before we arrive into Sea Lake around 11.05 am. After a short explore of Sea Lake our sleeping carriage passengers will enjoy an included coach tour taking in part of the Silo Art Trail exploring some long forgotten railway heritage and now famous art works on disused grain silo's including Patchewollock, Lascelles, Rosebury, Brim and Sheep Hill.

For local passengers joining us from Wycheproof, our train will depart Sea Lake at 12.30 pm for a 2.05 pm arrival back in Wycheproof.

For Charlton and Wycheproof locals we offer the option of joining the train at Charlton and Wycheproof for the trip to Sea Lake and return Saturday 6 March (with coach return between Wycheproof and Charlton).

After spending Saturday's Silo Art trail coach tour we will re-join at the Wycheproof Hotel for a pub dinner before re-boarding the train after dinner (or later in the evening).

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Twinette Sleeper Roomette Sleeper Non-AC Twinette WANDO

Our Sunday morning starts with a cooked breakfast before we run a locals shuttle (9.30 am) to Nullawill (10.10 am) and return to Wycheproof (11.30 am). After a quick top up with water, we will have a 12.30 pm departure to return to Melbourne. Enjoy Sunday afternoon as we travel south for a 3.25 pm arrival at Maryborough. Departing Maryborough at 4.25 pm, we pause for dinner in Ballarat at 6.00 pm, with our train will arrive back into Southern Cross Station at 9.10 pm after traversing the Ballarat to Geelong freight line.

We also have the option of one-way travel from Maryborough and Ballarat to Melbourne Sunday, including dinner.

Our heritage train features:

- Cafe Hudson espresso bar

- Licenced Club Carriages Victoria and Lounge Car 708

- Air conditioned restored 1950's carriages

- Relaxed vintage travel atmosphere

- Cooked breakfasts each morning

- A range of travel and sleeping options

- Two course pub dinner Saturday night at the Wycheproof Hotel

- Lunches both days on the train

- Dinner on the train on Sunday evening

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Travel Options

We have range of travel options for the trip (weekend trip options include all meals) including:

- The NAM Carriage: Premium Twinette private sleeping compartment for up to two people with lounge seats by day and bunk beds by night (including linen). Each compartment contains a private shower and wash basin, with private toilet facilities located in each sleeping compartment.

- The LAN Carriage: Premium Roomette private sleeping compartment for one person with lounge seat by day and bed by night (including linen). Each compartment contains a wash basin, with shared shower facilities located at the end of the carriage and shared toilet facilities located in this carriage.

- The SJ Carriage: Standard Twinette private sleeping compartment for up to two people with lounge seats by day and bunk beds by night (including linen). Each compartment contains a private shower and wash basin, with shared toilet facilities in adjoining carriages.

- WANDO Non-Air Conditioned use as Twinette or Large Roomette: in our Edwardian carriage WANDO, private sleeping compartment for up to two people with lounge seats by day and bunk beds by night (including linen). Each compartment contains a private wash basin, with shared shower and toilet facilities located in adjoining carriages.

- Wycheproof locals day trip to join the train at Wycheproof for a day trip to Sea Lake (including lunch) and return to Wycheproof on Saturday 6 March.

- Wycheproof to Nullawill shuttle (rail-only) on Sunday 7 March.

- Wycheproof/Maryborough/Ballarat saloon seats for a one way trip to Melbourne (includes meals) Sunday 7 March.

Our train is a COVID-Safe environment in line with Victorian Government requirements, including checkin and contact tracing for all passengers, enhanced cleaning of the train during the trip and refund policies.

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Saloon Carriage Seating Compartment Seating

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Fares

The NAM Carriage - Premium Twinette Sleeper (for two people)
$995 pp
The LAN Carraige - Premium Roomette Sleeper (for one person)
$995 pp
The SJ Carriage - Standard Twinette Sleeper (for two people) $945 pp
WANDO - Non-AC Twinette Sleepter (for one or two people) $895 pp
Wycheproof to Sea Lake Adult (Saturday)
$60 pp
Wycheproof to Sea Lake Child (4 to 16 yrs) (Saturday) $35 pp
Wycheproof to Nullawill Shuttle Adult (Sunday) $40 pp
Wycheproof to Nullawill Shuttle Child (4 to 16 yrs) (Sunday) $20 pp
Maryborough/Ballarat to Melbourne - One Way (Sunday)
$80 pp
Wycheproof to Melbourne - One Way (Sunday) $130 pp
Motorcader Donation (1)
$10
Inc GST

(1) For those motorcading our train to photograph, please consider donating towards the costs of running our trip - donate here.

Train Travel Times - subjct to confirmation

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

To Sea Lake - Friday 7 May

Depart Southern Cross Station
10.10 pm
Ballarat (Saturday)
2.10 am
Maryborough 4.00 am
Korong Vale 6.45 am
Charlton 7.30 am
Wycheproof 8.20 - 9.10 am
Nullawill 10.00 am
Sea Lake
11.15 am - 12.30 pm
Arrive Wycheproof 2.05 pm

From Wycheproof - Sunday 9 May

Depart Wycheproof (Sunday) 9.30 am
Nullawill 10.10 - 10.50 am
Wycheproof (Sunday)
11.30 - 12.30 pm
Charlton 1.00 pm
Korong Vale 1.45 pm
Maryborough
3.25 - 4.50 pm
Ballarat 6.00 pm
North Shore (Geelong) 8.00 pm
Arrive Southern Cross Station
9.10 pm

Please note for this trip we will not be boarding passengers at our Newport Depot.

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Revised: 7 November 2020