"Diamond Valley Miniature Railway" Day Trips Tip by sirgaw
Day Trips, Melbourne: 6 reviews and 13 photos
Located in a public park in Eltham (Lower Plenty) is the Diamond Valley Miniature Railway, Australia's finest passenger carrying miniature railway - it is a kids of all ages dream come true and run entirely by a hard-working band of volunteers.
The railway commenced operation in its current location in 1962 and has an impressive range of rolling stock all one-sixth full size. Mostly Victorian Railways inspired locos and freight/passenger carriages, although there are a few "interlopers" in the range. My favourite is a set of suburban "red rattlers" (sometimes called "doggies" or dog boxes) that were finally withdrawn from service in the 1960's and lovingly re-created in miniature to run on the railway, although there is a fine collection of other trains too. I even saw a few one sixth scale Melbourne trams hard at work on their own special area.
There is about 2 kilometres of 7.25" track that winds its way through the bushland, over bridges, through tunnels, over level crossings, past the railway workshops, sidings and in and out of the impressive 45 metre long main station where passengers alight.
The hard working volunteers are almost a tourist attraction in themselves. Many characters - err fine gentlemen!!!! I did see some of the train crew who would be candidates for weight-watchers and quite funny to see them somehow squeeze themselves into the locos and guards vans. I happened to witness a de-railment and saw some of the 'chunkier' volunteers just pick up the offending rolling stock and put them back on track. (see photo 3)
Runs every Sunday 11am - 5pm: Australia Day, Easter Monday, ANZAC Day, Queens Birthday and Boxing Day 1pm - 4pm: Wednesdays during school holidays (except December) 1pm - 5pm
Cost $3 per person per ride - which lasts about 15 minutes - great value.
The railway would dearly love to expand the main line by another 2 kilometres and run to Yarra Landing - a worth while project that sadly has been stopped by the local council. See web site for details http://www.dvr.com.au/yarra-landing-extension.php
Park has sports oval, adventure playground and electric BBQ's - all free! Parking, however, can be hard to find.
Address: Eltham Lower Park, 570 Main Road Eltham
Directions: Without a car of your own, the railway could be difficult to get to, however there is a suburban rail station at Eltham where there are "usually" taxis waiting. The suburban 902 bus does run along Main Road.
Phone: (03) 9439 1493
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