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.
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 Hugo and Chris, 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 seven 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!
Captain get it done” – Chris has over 15 years experience in music, events and ticketing. He is a local lad, who cut his teeth as a young volunteer at the Queenscliff Music Festival.
In this time, he has worked closely with some of the country’s largest music festivals and events, in the community and corporate spheres including Ticketmaster, M2006 Commonwealth Games, A Day on the Green and three years as membership manager at PBS 106.7FM. In 2006 he received the Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year award for the Queenscliff region for his contribution to the local community and music industry.
He is a qualified Safety Officer and a Lieutenant with the Country Fire Authority.
He is active in many facets of the community.
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.
The Blues Train is proud to partner with the following organisations:
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 $310)
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 TWICE PER ANNUM:
- March for events occuring after 1st April
- September for events occuring after 1st October
If your fundraiser is earlier than this, 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.
To consider your request, please complete this form