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Barrington Picnic Train 

Double-Headed Steam with R766 and 5917!

Maitland–Gloucester (return)

 

Saturday, 9 July 2022

Enjoy riding behind not one, but two steam locomotives as R766 and 5917 haul The Barrington Picnic Train on a journey along the beautiful North Coast line from Maitland to Gloucester and return.

For the first time in history, you will be able to travel behind ex-Victorian Railways R Class locomotive, R766 double-heading with ex-NSW Railways 59 Class locomotive, 5917! 

 

Our train will depart Maitland and head to Gloucester on the scenic North Coast line. You will have ample time in Gloucester for lunch and to explore the village before returning to Maitland in the early evening.

Sit back and enjoy the stunning picture views of the countryside from inside our beautiful heritage carriages while we steam towards Gloucester.

 

You’ll have plenty of time for a relaxing lunch at a variety of cafés or bistros in Gloucester. Take a scenic walk, picnic in the park.

 

Your journey starts at Maitland’s Railway Station, travelling on the North Coast line, paralleling The Bucketts range into Gloucester, where a shuttle bus will be waiting to take passengers into town.

 

If lunching at a café or bistro in Gloucester, please book beforehand to avoid disappointment. 

 

For more information on the destination, please visit gloucestertourism.com.au or www.aussietowns.com.au/town/gloucester-nsw

Fares:

Please Note: All fares are for same-day return travel.

 

Private Compartment — $520 per group

Enjoy the benefit of an entire closed-off compartment to yourselves — great for families and social groups! One booking is good for up to a maximum of eight (8) people including children.

Family of Four — $350 for four people

Four seat booth with a table in a heritage saloon carriage.

 

Classic Duo — $280 for two people

Two window seats in a classic heritage carriage in a spacious booth with table.

First Class Single — $135 for one person

Single seat ticket in a First Class lounge carriage, with access to the buffet and bar service.

First Class Duo — $280 for two people

First Class seating for two people. Two window seats in a First Class lounge carriage, with access to the buffet and bar service.

 

Full Carriage Hire — Call for Quote

Timetable*:

Outboard Journey

  • Maitland              dep  8.00am

  • Dungog                dep  9.05am

  • Gloucester         arr 11.00am 

Return Journey

  • ​Gloucester         dep  3.30pm

  • Dungog                  arr 5.30pm

  • Maitland                arr 6.40pm

* Preliminary Timetable

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure. An update email will be sent to the ticket booking a couple of days prior to the event with final trip details.

Steam locomotive 5917 will double-head with R766 to create history!

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View the spectacular scenery from our heritage carriages.

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Enjoy your own space in a Private Compartment — perfect for large families or social groups!

Buffet Car:

In the spirit of The Picnic Train, we encourage passengers to bring their own picnic hampers. A buffet service will be available on The Barrington Picnic Train, with barista coffee, tea and a small selection of light snacks, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

 

BYO alcohol is allowed, however, large eskys that block access will not be permitted

 

Babies and Toddlers:

Babies in arms and small toddlers not requiring a booked seat may be brought along at no additional cost.

Toilets:

Toilets are available in most carriages, but will be locked off at times.

 

Mobile Phones:

There are no charging points on the heritage equipment. It is recommended that you bring an external battery charger for your mobile devices.

COVID-19 Condition of Travel:

  • Passengers are recommended to wear a face masks when boarding and alighting from the train

  • We recommend wearing face masks while seated and not eating or drinking

  • Passengers are asked to remain in their allocated seats as far as practical

  • Passengers are required to follow all instructions from their carriage attendant

  • Other conditions may be implemented on the day depending on current COVID-19 restrictions