Christ­mas train

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Fam­i­lies can en­joy a great day out on the her­itage train tour to Tocumwal on De­cem­ber 15.

Sey­mour Rail­way Her­itage Cen­tre is run­ning a spe­cial Christ­mas train to Tocumwal on De­cem­ber 15, with coach con­nec­tion tours to Yar­ra­wonga and Co­bram.

Visit one of the many lo­cal shops, walk along the fore­shore and check out the 100-year-old his­toric rail­way bridge which crosses into NSW.

Two op­tional tours to Yar­ra­wonga or Co­bram are also avail­able.

On of­fer is a Rail, Road and Cruise pack­age to Yar­ra­wonga on board Par­adise Queen: travel on Lake Mul­wala tak­ing in the beau­ti­ful views while en­joy­ing a bar­be­cue lunch on board.

There’s also a pack­age to Co­bram on board Cobba Pad­dle boat: en­joy lunch on a one-hour cruise of the beau­ti­ful Mur­ray.

Both pack­ages in­clude rail fares, coach trans­fers, lunch on board and cruise.

Din­ing will be avail­able in the Spirit of Progress din­ing car­riage with Devon­shire tea avail­able for just $19.

The her­itage train will be hauled by for­mer Vic­to­rian Rail­ways X31 and B74 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 beau­ti­fully re­stored 112-year-old Yarra Car­riage will be on the trip to Tocumwal.

Built at New­port work­shops by the Vic­to­rian Rail­ways in 1906, Yarra is one of two Par­lour car­riages (the other be­ing ‘Mur­ray’) which was used on the ‘Syd­ney Lim­ited’.

Metal ceil­ings are im­pressed with an Arabesque de­sign, dec­o­rated lead­light seg­ments over­hang the large side win­dows and there is an ob­ser­va­tions plat­form on the rear.

Orig­i­nal Spirit of Progress seat­ing, round-ended par­lour and din­ing car­riages will also be on the train.

The Spirit of Progress was named the ‘‘won­der train’’ — at the time, the Spirit of Aus­tralia was the first air­con­di­tioned steam-lined train and ran be­tween Mel­bourne and Al­bury.

Book at www.srhc.org.au or phone 0477 707 411.

Con­nect­ing: spe­cial

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