SteamRanger | Railway Journeys | May-Nov 2017

SteamRanger Train Journeys in South Australia

SteamRanger Heritage Railway operates a number of different heritage steam and diesel hauled tourist trains between Mt Barker in the Adelaide Hills, up over the crest of the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, down to Strathalbyn and on through the coastal holiday towns of Goolwa and Port Elliot to the tourist resort town of Victor Harbor.

Trains operate on up to 140 days a year and are manned by volunteers from the Australian Railway Historical Society, who are also responsible for maintenance of the rail line and the heritage locomotives and carriages.

♦ The Cockle Train

The Cockle Train travels along the oldest steel railed railway in Australia dating back to 1887 when it was constructed to provide a link between the River Murray and the ocean wharfs at Pt Elliot and later at Victor Harbor. The Cockle Train operates between Goolwa and Victor Harbor. Trains depart Goolwa at 10am, 12.15pm, & 2.45pm and Victor Harbor at 11am, 1.30pm, 3.45pm. Tickets at stations on day of travel. Goolwa Railway Station | Dunbar Rd, Goolwa

Train Running Dates:
Wednesday 10 May 2017 | 10:00 am
Sunday 14 May 2017 | 10:00 am
Wednesday 17 May 2017 | 10:00 am
Sunday 21 May 21 2017 | 10:00 am
Wednesday 24 May 24 2017 | 10:00 am
Sunday 28 May 2017 | 10:00 am
Wednesday 31 May 2017 | 10:00 am

♦ The Bugle Ranger

The train departs from SteamRanger’s Mt Barker station. The one hour trip aboard the heritage “Red Hen” railcar will take you southwards from Mt Barker to the very peak of the ranges at the now closed Philcox Hill station site.

Train Running Dates:
Sunday 11 & 25 June 2017
Sunday 23 July 2017
Sunday 27 August 2017
Sunday 24 September 2017
Sunday 22 October 2017

♦ The Southern Encounter

The Southern Encounter operates on the first and third Sundays from June until the end of November. The journey commences from Mount Barker station to Victor Harbor with a 3 hour stopover. The Southern Encounter operates from Mt Barker, down the southern Mt Lofty Ranges, calling at Strathalbyn, Goolwa, Port Elliot and Victor Harbor. Departs Mt Barker 10am, returns 6pm. Reserved Seating. Call 1300 655 991 to book your seats. Mt Barker Railway Station | Dutton Rd, Mt Barker

Train Running Dates:
Sunday 4 & 18 June 2017
Sunday 2 & 16 July 2017
Sunday 6 & 20 August 2017
Sunday 3 & 17 September 2017
Sunday 1 & 15 October 2017
Sunday 5 & 19 November 2017

♦ The Highlander Experience

The HighLander to Strathalbyn operates on the second Sunday of July, September and November. A short journey behind heritage steam locomotive 621 or Rx207 from Mt Barker to Strathalbyn and return. Bookings must be made 48 hours prior to travel.

Train Operating Dates for 2017:
Sunday 9 July 2017
Sunday 10 September 2017
November: Sunday 12th – Strathalbyn Duck Races

For further information about schedules, costs and bookings, CLICK HERE


For more information and all enquiries please visit the Steam Ranger website.

What: SteamRanger Train Journeys

When: See dates above

Where: Departing from various locations – see above

Who:  Train lovers

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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