Our Trains

Steam Trains

The Bellarine Railway is all about heritage steam trains. We have a current fleet of 11 locomotives, and a number of these are operational at any one time. You could have the opportunity to ride behind locomotives from each Australian state, and sometimes in unique combinations such as a Tasmanian locomotive, teamed with a Western Australian locomotive hauling a train of heritage carriages from Tasmania and Queensland.

Variety and experience is what we provide, and importantly for you, a great day out.

It is difficult to maintain all locomotives in working order and the costs associated with maintaining a fleet of this size are high. Over 60% of our ticket revenue is ploughed straight back into maintaining our infrastructure and vehicle fleet. So if your favourite locomotive is not available on your current visit, it possibly will be when you join us again.

Sit back in the comfortable leather seats as the train traverses rural farmland on its way to Queenscliff and skirts the foreshore around Swan Bay during the 16 km trip.

 

Diesel Trains

The Bellarine Railway operates a small fleet of diesel locomotives.

We currently operate two ex Tasmanian Government Railways (TGR) X class Bo-Bo diesel electric locomotives in X3 & X20. These 660hp locomotives, built in 1951 by English Electric in the UK, are historically significant as they were the first class of mainline diesel locomotives used anywhere in Australia.  We are very proud of these locomotives and they are predominantly used for charter trains and to supplement steam services during periods of steam locomotive maintenance or on days of Total Fire Ban.

We also have two ex TGR 0-6-0 V class locomotives in V8 and VA1.  Both of these are diesel mechanical locomotives with Gardner engines. V8 has an 8 cylinder 8L3 motor with a 5 speed gear box and VA1 has a 6 cylinder 6L3 motor with a 4 speed gearbox.

We also have an ex Queensland Railways (QR) 880hp 1600 class diesel electric locomotive in No. 1604.  This locomotive was the next generation diesel on from the TGR X class but has some commonality in parts.  The unit is a Co-Co type wheel arrangement, and is perfectly suited to meet the railway’s needs.

In addition The Bellarine Railway has two ex TGR  DP articulated railcars, Nos.28 & 29.  These unique railcars feature three bogies for two carbodies per unit, and offer a very comfortable ride.

 

National Collection

Our National Heritage Rolling Stock Collection

The Bellarine Railway has a unique collection of heritage locomotives and roling stock from Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland.

For Information on our Rolling Stock Please select from the list below

Locomotives and Rail cars

Operational Carriages

Freight Rolling Stock

Other Rolling stock

Steam Locomotives

The following table outlines a brief history of each vehicle.

Status Number Builder Builders Number Year Last User
Out of Service PB15 454 Walkers Limited, Maryborough, Qld 99 1909 QR 1969
Operational T251 Walkers Limited, Maryborough, Qld. 276 1917 SA 1970
Operational Klondyke Perry Engineering Co, Adelaide, SA 271 1927 PSM 1966
Stored Dismantled S547 WAGR Workshops, Midland, WA - 1947 WAGR 1971
Stored Dismantled M6 Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn Ltd, UK 7429 1951 TGR 1971
Stored V1209 Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn Ltd, UK 7778 1955 WAGR 1971
Undergoing Boiler Repairs Pozieres Andrew Barclay and Sons 1918 BHAS

Diesel Locomotives

The following table outlines a brief history of each vehicle.

Status Number Builder Builders Number Year Last User Picture
Undergoing Engine Repairs V8 Drewry Car., London, UK 2537 1955 AN (T) (1987)
Undergoing Gearbox Swap and Repaint VA1 Drewry Car., London, UK 2227 1947

AN (T) (1957)

Operational X20 English Electric, UK 1820 1950 AN (T) (1986)
Operational X3 English Electric, UK 1798 1950

AN (T) (1985)

Operational 1604 English Electric Australia, Rocklea - 1962 -

Railcars

The following table outlines a brief history of each vehicle.

Status Number Builder Year Last User More Information Picture
Out of service DP28 Com-Eng/ Drewry/ TGR, NSW/ UK/ Tas 1948 AN(T) (1978) Articulated Diesel Rail Car
Out of service DP29 Com-Eng/ Drewry/ TGR, NSW/ UK/ Tas 1948 AN(T) (1978) Articulated Diesel Rail Car

Fyansford Locomotives

The surviving steam locomotives from the former cement works at Fyansford, Victoria are listed below.  The railway between the quarry and plant was operated by the Australian Portland Cement Ltd (APC), Fyansford, Vic (now Australian Cement Ltd) until it was replaced by a conveyor belt in 1966.

When the railway at the cement works closed all surviving steam locomotives were donated for preservation.  Over the years the Bellarine Railway has slowly brought the collection  back together.  The final piece of the collection, Australian Standard Garratt (ASG) locomotive G33 was moved from the ARHS Champion Road Museum, Newport to the Bellarine Railway in May 2013.

Status Number Builder Builders Number Year Last User
Under Restoration No. 6 Hudswell Clark & Co, Leeds UK 646 1903 APC 1968
Stored No. 11 Perry Engineering Co, Adelaide, SA 267 1926 APC 1968
Dismantled for Restoration No. 4 Vulcan Iron Works, Wilkes-Barre, Pensylvania, USA 2539-2541 1916 APC 1968
Stored Dismantled No. 5 Vulcan Iron Works, Wilkes-Barre, Pensylvania, USA 2540 1916 APC 1968
Stored No. 2 Beyer Peacock 6935 1939 APC 1968
Under Restoration No. 3 Australian Standard Garratt G33 Newport Railway Workshops 33 1945 APC 1968

Operational Carriages

Status
Number
Builder
Year
Last User Description
 
Operational ZA200 WAGR Midland 1912 WAGR (1970)  Composite Brake Van, built as ZA 9348, renumbered 8/1941
Operational AAR4 Clyde Engineering Co. 1937 AN(T) (1978) Saloon Buffet Carriage with kitchen and bar facilities.
Operational BBL10 Clyde Engineering Co. 1937 AN(T) (1978) Saloon Carriage
Operational AAR1 Clyde Engineering Co. 1937 AN(T) (1978) Saloon Carriage
Operational BUV1299 Queensland Railways  -  - Composite Brake Van
Operational BU465 Queensland Railways  -  - Suburban Car
Operational BBL6 Parsons & Gilmour 1922 TGR (1972) ‘Dog Box’ Passenger Car, built as ABL 15, converted to BBL 6 11/1929
Operational ABL14 Parsons & Gilmour 1922 TGR (1977) ‘Dog Box’ Passenger Car
Operational DB46 TGR Launceston 1949 AN(T) (1987) Composite Brake Van
Operational AAL 9 TGR Launceston  - 1929 AN(T) (1978

Freight Rolling Stock

Status Number
Builder
Year
Last User
Description
Stored LX 5179 Unknown 1895 WAGR (1979) 6 wheel Ballast Plough, early history unclear – identified as LX 5179 by 1909
Stored C14 Hurst Neilson & Co 1898 EBR (1970) 4 wheel open wagon, built by Nth Mt Lyell Railway, obtained/rebuilt by EBR 1903
Stored Dust Car1 unknown - APC (1966) 4 wheel open wagon
Stored Dust Car 2 unknown - APC (1966) 4 wheel open wagon
Stored Dump Car 1 unknown - APC (1966) 4 wheel side dump wagon
Stored Dump Car 2 unknown - APC (1966) 4 wheel side dump wagon
Stored Dump Car 3 unknown - APC (1966) 4 wheel side dump wagon
Stored X 7732 WAGR Midland 1932 WAGR (1979) 4 wheel bulk wheat
Stored C 552 TGR Launceston 1937 AN(T) (1977) 4 wheel open wagon
Stored C 562 TGR Launceston 1939 AN(T) (1977) 4 wheel open wagon
Stored NTOD 1772 SAR Islington 1942 ANR (1980) Bogie Oil Tank, built 3’6″ gauge for Dept. of Army – used on NAR, later transferred to SAR Peterborough Division as TS 8401, owned by Shell Company. Transferred to 5’3″ as TS 8401 in 1955, back to 3’6″ 8/1969, to 5’3″ 1/1970, transferred to Commonwealth Railways 1/1973 and converted to 3’6″ as NTOD 1772
Stored CC 51 TGR Launceston 1943 AN(T) (1985) Bogie open wagon
Stored FFT1 APC Fyansford 1946 APC (1966) 4 wheel coal flat
Stored FFT2 APC Fyansford 1946 APC (1966) 4 wheel coal flat
Stored FFT3 APC Fyansford 1946 APC (1966) 4 wheel coal flat
Stored FFT4 APC Fyansford 1946 APC (1966) 4 wheel coal flat
Stored FFT5 APC Fyansford 1946 APC (1966) 4 wheel coal flat
Stored CCC 36 TGR Launceston 1947 AN(T) (1985) Bogie open wagon
Stored FFL 1 APC Fyansford 1948 APC (1966) Bogie low loader
Operational QQ 6 TGR Launceston - AN(T) (1986) Bogie ballast wagon, built as MM 3, purchased from BHP Co. at Devonport in 1948
Stored GEF 11620 WAGR Midland? - WAGR (1990) 4 wheel open wagon
Stored GEF 11979 WAGR Midland? - WAGR (1990) 4 wheel open wagon
Operational VTS 10623 Comm. Eng? - QR (1990) 4 wheel ballast wagon
Operational VTS 21945 Comm. Eng? - QR (1990) 4 wheel ballast wagon
Stored NC 18417 WAGR Midland 1953 WAGR (1991) 4 wheel flat wagon
Stored NC 18558 WAGR Midland 1953 WAGR (1991) 4 wheel flat wagon
Stored NC 18825 WAGR Midland 1960 WAGR (1991) 4 wheel flat wagon
Operational QG 5 TGR Launceston 1954 AN(T) (1982) Grover bogie ballast wagon
Stored CCC 103 TGR Launceston 1955 AN(T) (1985) Bogie open wagon -
Stored CCC 116 TGR Launceston 1955 AN(T) (1985) Bogie open wagon
Off Site VP 110 VR Newport 1955 VR (1990) Bogie louvre van -
Stored VP/BFN 127 VR Newport - VR (1991) Bogie louvre van. Gauge converted and operational. Believed to be the only VR vehicle to have operated on 3 gauges.
Stored Off Track VBAY 66 VR Newport - - Bogie louvre van -
Stored NTOD 7992 Perry Engineering Co. 1956 ANR (1980) Bogie Oil Tank, owned by Shell Co. of Aust., issued to traffic on SAR 3/1956, as TS 7992 (3’6″), transferred to Commonwealth Railways on 13/8/1959.
Operational QG 19 TGR Launceston 1956 AN(T) (1983) Grover bogie Ballast wagon
Operational SF 2 TGR Launceston AN(T) Bogie match wagon
Operational HJS22744 - - - -
Operational HJS23048 - - - -
Stored Y5255 - - - -

Other Rolling Stock

Status Number Builder
Builders Number
Year
Last User Description
 -
Under Overhaul MV1333 Queensland Railways - 1944 QR (1988) Mail Brake Van.
Stored DAV1056 Queensland Railways - 1924 QR (1989) Train Crew Brake Van, built as DAS Pullman Sleeping Car, converted 1979.
Leased  -  Malcolm Moore P/L, Port Melbourne, Vic C646 1946 SRWSC (1957) -  -
Leased RM 76D QR. Ipswich Workshops, Ipswich, QLD  - 1934 QR (1970) Diesel Rail Motor. Currently leased to Mary Valley Railway, Gympie Qld  -
Leased PL 127 QR. Ipswich Workshops, Ipswich, QLD  - 1937 QR (1970) Pass & goods Trailer. Currently leased to Mary Valley Railway, Gympie Qld  -
Under Restoration 19 Adelaide Loco Works  - 1879 SAR (1962) End Platform Car, Converted to combined Sleeping and Tool Van 5077 in 1928
Privately Owned Under Restoration B + 22 Bristol C & W Works  - 1885 TGR (1971) 6 Wheel Carriage named Evandale, ex TMLR Co. in 1890, converted to Camp 122 in 1950. (P). Under restoration.
Leased 57 Adelaide Loco Works  - 1885 SAR (1962) 4 wheel Brake Van, converted to sleeping van in 1931.  -
Leased 86 Adelaide Loco Works  - 1888 SAR (1970) End Platform Car, converted to Vision Testing Car pre 1970, restored as passenger car. Currently Leased to Adelaide River NT  -
 - AB 46 TGR Launceston  - 1904 - Clerestory compartment carriage AB 46, converted to Camp 163 10/2/1959.  -
Leased 450 SAR Islington  - 1904 SAR (1970) End Platform Car, built as No. 158, modernised 11/1949 and renumbered 450. Currently Leased to Adelaide River NT  -
 - VW5125 Westralia Iron Works  - 1908  - Employees Van, built as 2nd class suburban car AS 376, converted 4/1970  -
 - VW 5112 WAGR Midland  - 1909 WAGR (1979) Employees Van, built as 2nd class suburban car AF 13, converted 7/1967 (P)  -
Camp Car AL 1 WAGR Midland  - 1912 WAGR (1980) Inspection Car, built as ZA 934, rebuilt/converted several times.  -
Stored ways and Works Van Z112 WAGR Midland  - 1912 WAGR (1977) Brake Van, built as Z 9703, renumbered 8/1941
Leased GB 5588 SAR Islington  - 1916 SAR (1970) Composite Brake Van Currently Leased to Adelaide River NT  -
Stored off track. BBL 5 Parsons & Gilmour  - 1923 TGR (1974) `Dog Box' Passenger Car, built as ABL 19, converted to BBL 5 19/11/1929. Underframe only  -
Stored. Currently used for the storage of seat parts. SP 5 Sentinel – Cammell  - 1937 AN(T) (1978) Composite Brake Van, built as Steam Railway Coach, boilers and engine removed 21/12/1949.  -
Operational SP 8 Sentinel – Cammell  - 1937 AN(T) (1978) Composite Brake Van, built as Steam Railway Coach, boilers and engine removed 8/12/1949. Operational as Dance Car.  -
Set Up as a Tea room for Use at Lakers siding Storage shed ZF 40 VR Bendigo  -  1973  VR (1971) Brake Van
Operational No3 Crane  -  -  -  -  -
Stored Lakers siding TGR T Class Tender  -  -  -  -  -  -
Stored Lakers Siding BU1141 Queensland Railways  -  -  -  Suburban Car  -
Privately owned GB4897  -  -  -  -  -
Abbreviations

  • ANR – Australian National (former Commonwealth Railways & former SAR)
  • AN(T) – Australian National (Tasrail), (former TGR) Now PacificNational
  • APC – Australian Portland Cement Ltd, Fyansford, Vic (now Australian Cement Ltd).
  • EBR – Emu Bay Railway Co. Ltd., Burnie, Tasmania
  • PSM – Pioneer Sugar, Ayr, Queensland.
  • QR – Queensland Railways
  • SAR – South Australian Railways (now ANR).
  • SRWSC – State Rivers & Water Supply Commission (Rural Water Commission of Vict.)
  • TGR – Tasmanian Government Railways
  • VR – Victorian Railways (V/Line)Now PacificNational
  • WAGR – Western Australian Government Railways
BOOK NOW BOOK NOW