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.
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.
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
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|
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||-|
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|
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.
|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
|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|
Other Rolling Stock
|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|
|Stored Lakers siding||TGR T Class Tender||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Stored Lakers Siding||BU1141||Queensland Railways||-||-||-||Suburban Car||-|
- 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