Victoria’s 10 best heritage train journeys for kids and railway enthusiasts
Like the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter series, there’s a sense of adventure for young and old aboard Victoria’s heritage railways.
From the moment you arrive at the station, be it in Belgrave, Mildura or the Bellarine, the excitement starts to kick in. The engine driver, clad in blue overalls and peaked cap, leans from the door of the engine room, and there’s a quiet thrill when the locomotive shudders, and billows of smoke and a cautionary whistle signal the start of the train journey.
The love of locomotion is alive in Victoria, and there are many towns where you can experience steam power - one of the most important technologies of the Industrial Revolution.
Even with all our technological advancements, this form of transportation continues to fascinate young and old, and it’s thanks to hard-working volunteers that we have so many heritage railways in Victoria.
Towns such as Alexandra, Daylesford and Walhalla, where these railways are located, also make great family holiday destinations.
Most heritage railways operate on selected days each month, often Sundays, and occasionally during the school holidays, so check their websites for details and bookings.