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.