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Canberra Easter Steam Train Rides

This event is Sold Out, but please check the booking link for availability, as we do get the occasional cancellation.

Canberra–Bungendore (return)

  • Good Friday, 15 April 2022

  • Saturday, 16 April 2022

  • Easter Sunday, 17 April 2022

  • Easter Monday, 18 April 2022

(Three return trips departing Canberra Railway Station each day)

Experience the excitement of a steam train trip behind former NSW Government Railways locomotive 5917 as The Picnic Train in conjunction with The Canberra Railway Museum present special family trips from Canberra over Easter!

You will experience steam locomotive 5917 working hard as it climbs the steep grade by the spectacular Molongolo River Gorge, through long, dark tunnels and on through beautiful rural countryside to Bungendore.

5917 is one of the D59 Class 2-8-2 'Mikado' steam locomotives used by the NSW Government Railways from the 1950s until the end of steam operations in the 1970s.

Ticketing options are perfect for singles, couples, small groups and families.


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


Private Compartment — $280 per group

Enjoy the benefit of an entire closed-off compartment to yourselves in a heritage side-coridor carriage — great for larger families and social groups!

One booking is good for up to a maximum of eight (8) people including children.


Family of Four — $180 per family

Four seat booth in a heritage railway carriage with table.

First Class Duo — $140 for two people

Window seating for two people in a classic heritage carriage in a spacious booth with table.

First Class Single — $75 per person

Single seat ticket in a First Class section with table.


Full Carriage Hire — Call for Quote


Trip 1: (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

  • Canberra — dep 8.15am

  • Canberra — arr 10.30am

Trip 2: (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)

  • Canberra — dep 12.15pm

  • Canberra — arr 2.45pm

Trip 3: (Fri, Sat, Sun)

  • Canberra — dep 3.45pm

  • Canberra — arr 7.10pm

*Preliminary times only. 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.


View the spectacular scenery in Classic Duo

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Enjoy your own space in a Private Compartment


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


There are limited storage areas for prams. As you will not be alighting at Bungendore, we ask that prams are not brought onboard, unless necessary. 

Buffet Car:

The Buffet Car will not be available for these trips. We also encourage passengers to bring their own picnic hampers, sit back and enjoy the ride.


We also encourage passengers to bring their own picnic hampers, sit back and enjoy the ride.


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



Toilets are available in all carriages and will be locked off while in metropolitan areas.


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.


  • Passengers are asked 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 pracical

  • 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

  • If the train is cancelled due to NSW Health restrictions, a full refund of the ticket price will be provided