A lot of wonderful volunteers at the Bellarine Railway drive the trains for us, not to mention restoring and maintaining the heritage locomotives and carriages.
They have a current fleet of 11 narrow gauge (3′ 6″) locomotives from all around Australia. They're currently using a T251 built in 1917, a 1927 Klondike, and a 1918 Pozieres, 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. Volunteers 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 buildings are Victorian Heritage listed.
When they're not pulling the Blues Train, two wonderful experiences offered by the Bellarine Railway are their:
- 'Day out with Thomas' events - wildly popular with young Thomas the Tank Engine fans
- Steam Train Driver Experience - the ultimate gift for railway enthusiasts.
You can read more about our trains, the carriages, the platforms and stations, and these great experiences on the Bellarine Railway website.