What better way to enjoy Easter than a heritage train ride from Seymour to Echuca?
You can go via the annual Bendigo Easter Festival or stay on board for Echuca-Moama.
Travelling along the Echuca freight-only tracks, Seymour Railway Heritage Centre marketing officer Stephen Baker said it would be a great trip down memory lane.
Mr Baker said the Bendigo Easter Festival was the longest-running community cultural festival in Australia. Rosalind Park along with surrounding streets were transformed into a vibrant and colourful space filled with activities, rides, music, food and performances.
‘‘Another option for the day is a trip to Echuca where the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre is a must,’’ Mr Baker said.
‘‘It will transport you back to the hustle and bustle of the 1860s when Echuca was Australia’s largest inland port,’’ he said.
‘‘Explore the story of Australia’s pioneering spirit and learn how Australia’s inland river system connected a fledgling colony to its growing cities and the outside world.
‘‘You can travel on one of the many paddlesteamers — the port is home to the largest working paddlesteamer collection in the world.’’
Organised by the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre for Easter Saturday, March 31, the train will be made up of the original Spirit of Progress sitting carriages, 48-seat dining and the renowned round-ended parlour lounge together with 100-year-old red wooden compartment-style carriages.
Mr Baker said the magnificent 112-year-old Yarra carriage would also be part of the train.
He said passengers would be able to enjoy the countryside from the viewing platform.
‘‘A special on-board dining experience provided by local Seymour caterers Taste on Track will take you back to the early days,’’ Mr Baker said.
‘‘Enjoy morning tea and/or a three-course dinner in the original Spirit of Progress dining carriage.
‘‘The train will also have a licensed bar and light refreshments available for purchase.’’
For further details, visit www.srhc.org.au or phone 0412124659.