Steamrail Victoria brings Otway Explorer from Camperdown to Warrnambool | The courier

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Passengers will be taken back in time to the ‘good old days’ as they board the Otway Explorer veteran train as it drives around the southwestern part of Victroia. Steamrail Victoria is hosting its annual one-way or return trip from Camperdown to Warrnambool on Saturday 12 February. Passengers can travel in the red rattler heirlooms pulled by a 1960s S313 streamlined diesel locomotive. The train, complete with two engines and eight carriages, will carry about 230 passengers in the style of century-old wooden carriages and pressed tin ceilings. It has become a much-loved pastime for train spotters and lovers, as well as families lying along the tracks along the route to catch a glimpse of the train as it travels through the region. READ MORE: It’s been a love affair for Allansford’s Eddie White, a train enthusiast who came up with the idea of ​​bringing the trip to the region. For more than a decade, it was his dream to see a steam engine back in Warrnambool, and in 2018 it became a reality. Not even COVID-19, which has managed to stop a series of events in their tracks, has prevented the annual tour from taking place. Mr. White, a Steamrail Victoria board member and Otway Tour operations team member, gets the same excitement when returning to the southwest. “It brings the train back to my hometown,” said Mr. White. “For me, it’s the last 70 miles of Camperdown to Warrnambool, with people out next to the line waving and watching.” It’s about bringing it home and being able to talk about it. That’s what I love about it, “he said. The diesel engine used in warmer conditions will be accompanied by a standard V / Line N Class engine to help pull it further than usual special edition trains.” It is advisable to run two engines on a train of that length because we are gaining weight, “said Mr. White. There is a separate Otway Explorer from Melbourne or Geelong to Colac or Camperdown the same day. For more information go to steamrail.com. au

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