Easter railway fund raiser

Bellarine Railway has announced its annual fundraising event scheduled for Good Friday, aimed at supporting The Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

The railway contributed $8000 to the appeal in 2023, from the proceeds of ticket sales on Good Friday, and hopes to exceed that amount this year with the support of visitors.

People of all ages can join the volunteers at Queenscliff Station on March 29 for a picturesque train journey along Swan Bay to Lakers Siding and back.

Trains will depart from Queenscliff Station with each trip lasting 45 minutes.

Trip times are at 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm and depart from Queenscliff Station.

Bellarine Railway is operated by the Geelong Steam Preservation Society, a not-for-profit founded in 1970. The society was the first Victorian preserved railway established entirely by volunteers and features a unique collection of locomotives and carriages from 3’6′′ narrow-gauge systems across Australia.

Trains first ran at Belmont Common in Geelong, before operations moved (1976) to the Queenscliff-Drysdale section of the former Victorian Railway’s South Geelong-Queenscliff branch line, which opened in May 1879. Originally broad gauge, the line was converted to 3’6” between Queenscliff and Lakers Siding in time for the line’s centenary, with the remaining section to Drysdale reopened in 1980.

For details on the Good Friday Appeal Trips and our other Easter Weekend trips, visit bellarinerailway.com.au/easter-weekend-2024/

To find out more about the appeal or to make a donation, visit fundraise.goodfridayappeal.com.au/fundraisers/TheBellarineRailway