Heritage railways are the most precious items of any nation. In Australia, there are many heritage railways that are in immense need for preservation and conservation. The sustainability of these railways solely depends on several factors. However, the most significant ones are visitors and volunteers (in another word, philanthropy).
According to railway heritage specialists in Australia, there are some tourist railways that can operate without volunteers, while some not. The fact is, without enough visitors, a majority of heritage railways would be in serious difficulty. At MWA International, we are keen at focusing on heritage railway conservation, and we believe the importance of visitors in preserving a heritage railway is undeniable.
Here we introduce some of the top heritage railway sites in Australia:
The Bellarine railway
This railway is maintained and operated by committed volunteers of a non-profit organization. The railway first ran train at Belmont Common in Geelong. Today, this railway provides its visitors with a unique prospect to re-live the bygones’ sights and smell, by riding them on a diesel or steam hauled train.
This heritage railway is the nation’s premium preserved steam railway that operates every day. The train journey will take you through the glorious Dandenong Ranges in Melbourne. The ancient steam train runs on its original track from Belgrave to Gembrook.
If you are willing to visit this railway station as a stand-alone experience of a Melbourne day tour, this railway visit is for you.
The station has been built with the intention to develop the rural areas back in the 90s’. Thanks to the tireless volunteers that are putting their efforts into maintaining the railway.
Victoria Goldfields Railway
This railway station is the remnant of Branch Line railways. It radiates from the main lines, reaching into regions that are sparsely populated, providing transport, promoting the settlement of new regions etc.
With time and effort put by volunteers, the lines of the railway have been given a new life, allowing thousands of visitors each day. The steam trains continue to run on Sundays, Wednesdays and occasionally some holiday Saturdays.
Mornington Heritage Train Line
This railways features K Class steam locomotives restored carriages along with rolling stocks, diesel locomotives etc.
When it comes to preserving heritage railways, working with the right consultant means half the job is done. Being a leading heritage service provider in Australia, we can deal with preservation tasks, advising and documentation of heritage items effectively.