We could hear the whoosh! of steam coming from the old train as we got out of the car and immediately felt excited for out little Sunday afternoon outing.
Once on the platform, we saw a train made up of sleek, pale blue carriages – the Q Train. This dining experience looks amazing, but unfortunately we’d just scoffed a bakery pie and were actually boarding a different train altogether. No degustation lunch for us – this time.
The Q Train passengers alighted from their train and the engine chugged off to the sheds at the end of the line. A few minutes later, our train arrived and we jumped aboard for our journey.
From the outside, the old girl didn’t look as glamorous as the blue train, but inside she oozed olde world charm. Creaky leather seats with carved wooden surrounds, solid timber wall panels and a beautiful arched ceiling. We settled into our comfy booth and the train whistle signalled our departure from Queenscliff.
The wheels rattled along the tracks as we went past Swan Bay. Not a lot of swans to be seen, just 4 million ducks, but I guess the swans were around at some point in time.
The train stopped at the platform at Lakers Siding. The engine was disconnected and it set off to the other end of the train for the return journey. The locomotive hissed and clouds of steam poured out from beneath the train.
The short break was spent watching all the work involved in the train operations and looking at the heritage décor of the station, before we climbed aboard again to head back to Queenscliff Station.
The 45 minute return trip was definitely a fun way to spend some free time in Queenscliff.
More info on the Q Train and Blues Train here: