The Blues Train has been rockin’ the rails since 1994. We started small, inspired by stories of the old blues masters jamming on Mississippi freight trains. The Blues music and train travel combo was so much fun we kept going, putting on more shows, attracting great blues musos and entertaining more and more people from all around the world. These days over 10,000 people enjoy The Blues Train every year.

Of course there would be no Blues Train if if weren’t for the trains lovingly maintained and driven by the  wonderful volunteers at the Bellarine Railway.

There would also be no Blues Train if it weren’t for the blues music! In over two decades we’ve had more than one hundred acts (solo performers, duos and full bands) do their thing in somewhat unusual conditions. They love playing on the train and that really comes out in their performances.

The Blues Train is run by the team at Bay City Events. Bay City Events specialises in event management, corporate functions, artistic programming, product launches, bar operations, unique venues, entertainment and festivals.

The Team

Such a successful regular venture requires a lot of organisation and planning and we have a lot of people to thank for their help in keeping us on the rails. Full-time operations are run by Bay City Event’s, with help at the events from our bar, merchandise, security and catering staff.

Hugo T Armstrong

“Ayotollah of Rrrock anda Rolla” – Founder, proprietor and the face of the operation. He’s a local lad and has been working in the independent music scene for 25 years, notably for his 21-years on radio at PBSFM and 6 years as Artistic Director of the Queenscliff Music Festival (1998 – 2004).

He is active in Geelong tourism and business and has many, many other feathers to his cap!

The Trains

A lot of wonderful volunteers at the Bellarine Railway drive the trains for us, not to mention restoring and maintaining the heritage locomotives, carriages and the track.

They have a current fleet of 11 narrow gauge (3′ 6″) locomotives from all around Australia. They’re currently using T251 (Walkers, Qld – 1917), Klondyke (Perry – SA 1927), and Pozieres (Andrew Barclay, UK – 1918), with the others under restoration and maintenance.

Bellarine Railway is operated by the Geelong Steam Preservation Society, which was formed in 1970. Volunteer workers are the life blood of the Bellarine Railway as they maintain the tracks, crew the trains, restore and paint the carriages, serve refreshments and sell the tickets. The stations at each end of the Queenscliff-Drysdale line were both opened on 21 May 1879 and the station building at Queenscliff is Victorian Heritage listed.

When they’re not pulling The Blues Train, other wonderful experiences offered by the Bellarine Railway are their “Day out with Thomas” events – wildly popular with young Thomas the Tank Engine fans, Train Driver Experience – the ultimate gift for railway enthusiasts, Easter Bunny, Halloween, Santa trains and regular tourist services

You can read more about our trains, the carriages, the platforms and stations, and these great experiences on the Bellarine Railway website.

Our Sponsors

The Blues Train is proud to partner with the following organisations:

Community Giving

Thanks for contacting The Blues Train for your fundraising event.

Each year The Blues Train donates in excess of $25,000 worth of goods to fundrasing activities.

We would be delighted to consider donating to your fundraising efforts.

The Blues Train Donation Pack (valued at $255)

The standard Blues Train Donation Pack consists of:

  • 1 x Blues Train Gift Cards
  • 1 x Blues Train merchandise card

PLEASE NOTE: Blues Train donations MUST NOT be combined with other items and vouchers – including but not limited to accommodation vouchers – to produce a “Package” without prior written authorisation from The Blues Train.

Donations will be assessed FOUR TIMES PER ANNUM (QUARTERLY):

  • In December, for events occurring between January to March
  • In March, for events occurring between April to June
  • In June, for events occurring between July and September
  • In September, for events occurring between October and December

If your fundraiser is being held within the quarter but has missed the review date for that period, it is unlikely we will be able to assist.

When evaluating donation requests we take into consideration the following:

  • The nature of the cause/event
  • If you have previously applied or run your event
  • Marketing and acknowledgement of The Blues Trains donation
  • Suitable lead time between receiving the request and the date of the event
  • Opportunity to send a post event Blues Train discount offer via email to your attendees (optional)

To submit your request for our consideration, please complete this form