WHAT TIME DOES THE BLUES TRAIN START AND FINISH
WHERE DOES THE TRAIN GO
The Blues Train T-Bar opens at 6.30pm. The event begins at 7:00pm and concludes at 11:30pm
WHO LOOKS AFTER THE STEAM TRAINS
The Blues Train travels on 16 kilometres of fully restored track from Queenscliff to Drysdale return. As we wind our way around the picturesque Swan Bay and chug into the hills of the Bellarine Peninsula, we stop halfway to Drysdale, at the historic Suma Park homestead on Marcus Hill twice.
WILL I BE ON A STEAM TRAIN?
The Bellarine Railway is fully run by committed volunteers. Volunteer workers are the lifeblood of the Bellarine Railway. Voluntary efforts of interested persons maintain the tracks, crew the trains, restore and paint the carriages, serve refreshments, sell the tickets. Maintaining the railway is a big task, but the work can be fun and interesting, and you can learn new skills and make new friends.
No matter what qualifications the member may bring to the society, it is certain they can find work that is both rewarding and of tremendous value to the society. Even where the society already has someone performing some unique or specialised task, no offer of assistance would ever be rejected.
Visit the Bellarine Railway website for more information: www.bpr.org.au
WHEN IS THE NEXT BLUES TRAIN
If there are problems with the steam engine, subject to the discretion of the Bellarine Railway, we may have to use a diesel engine for the evening.
During winter months and in some weather conditions, subject to the discretion of the Bellarine Railway, we may also have to use a diesel engine.
We also have to run the train with a diesel engine if its a total fire ban.
As all the Bellarine Railway's steam locomotives are heritage items, we cannot guarantee a steam engine will be used on any given night.
The timetable and all other details of the show remain the same. Obviously we prefer to run the steam train, but sometimes things happen that are out of our control.
nb. The Blues Train consists of live entertainment with a meal on a steam train, however steam is one component of the train and should a diesel engine be used no prior notification will be given and refunds do not apply.
IS IT THE SAME BLUES TRAIN AS AT THE QUEENSCLIFF MUSIC FESTIVAL
Check the Dates page for all upcoming Blues Trains.
The Blues Train runs in the months between August and May.
Shows are held in the months of January, February, March, April and May. Then, August, September, October, November and December. All dates are for Saturday night shows, we also run Friday night shows in December (due to Christmas functions).
The Blues Train is also available for private and corporate at other times, such as weddings, conferences, birthdays and so on. Some people choose to book their functions on existing dates, or you can Contact Us to enquire about booking your own Blues Train for your special occasion.
WHERE CAN WE PARTY AFTERWARDS
The Blues Train Pty Ltd and Bellarine Peninsula Railway are businesses independent from the Queenscliff Music Festival, which is a non-profit organisation.
The Blues Train is an independent, locally run business that has been running now for 15 years.
From 1999 to 2005 the Queenscliff Music Festival incorporated a Blues Train showcase as part of their program. Over that time, thousands of festival patrons have ridden the Blues Train showcase at the QMF.
During the festival weekend, the train is run by the festival as an unlicenced family train ride as part of the festival ticket. The QMF Express is fun for all ages and music lovers and runs for the Festival weekend only. The "QMF Family Express" incorporates a diverse range of music from country to comedy.
However, many people have not experienced the full dinner-and-show that is the Blues Train. You will see four acts and experience the entire journey through the Bellarine Peninsula while listening to Australia's best blues musicians and sipping on a nice glass of vino or whatever else takes your fancy.
WHAT ARE THE PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
The Blues Train starts and ends at Queenscliff Railway Station. If you are on an evening Blues Train, you will probably want to keep on partying. Just 5 minutes walk away is the Esplanade Hotel, open until 1am. There are often live bands playing.
There is a nightclub at the Barwon Heads Hotel, about 15 km away. And Geelong also has many nightclubs and bars open until the wee hours of the morning, 30 minutes drive away.
Can it possibly get more fun? We don't think so, but we have plenty of plans for the future that involve more blues music and more good times!
We have been adding extra shows. Since 2007 we have added new shows onto the season including Friday night shows throughout the year.
Our Train Trax volume 2 compilation CD was released mid-2007, with Train Trax volume 3 (18 Years of The Blues Train) released in 2012. To follow up from that, we are planning a double disk, which will include some live recordings made on the Blues Train.
We regularly offer special deals to our Blues Train subscribers and Facebook friends so make sure you subscribe to our website and social media sites
The Bellarine Peninsula Railway also has plans to restore some of the old rolling stock. Hopefully in the future a couple of their engines will be restored (new boilers are needed) and the new Blues Train carriage will come into service.