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Inaugural R766 Picnic Trains

Maitland–Singleton–Camberwell (return)


Saturday, 19 March 2022

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Be one of the first to ride behind steam locomotive R766 on a journey through the Hunter Valley from Maitland to Singleton, plus Camberwell ballon loop (return) on Saturday, 19 March or Sunday, 20 March 2022.


You have a choice of morning or afternoon trips each day and the choice of alighting at Singleton for a short stay in town or staying on the train while it is turned at Camberwell.


Ex-Victorian Railways steam locomotive R766 has recently entered service as a standard-gauge locomotive, having been converted from the broad-gauge used throughout Victoria at the time the locomotive was built in the 1950s. R766 is the first such locomotive to be gauge-converted, making it a very unique steam locomotive indeed!


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


Private Compartment — $350 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 — $200 per family

Four family members in a heritage railway carriage.


Classic Duo — $150 for two people

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

First Class Single — $85 per person

Single seat ticket in a First Class section with table.


Full Carriage Hire — Call for Quote


Trip 1:

Outboard Journey 

  • Maitland — dep 9.20am

  • Singleton — arr 10.00am

  • Camberwell — arr 10.15am

Return Journey

  • ​Camberwell — dep 10.50am

  • Singleton — dep 11.00am

  • Maitland — arr 12.10pm

Trip 2:

Outboard Journey 

  • Maitland — dep 2.00pm

  • Singleton — arr 2.40pm

  • Camberwell — arr 2.55pm

Return Journey

  • ​Camberwell — dep 3.50pm

  • Singleton — dep 4.05pm

  • Maitland — arr 4.55pm

*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.

R766 is the first former Victorian Railways steam locomotive to be gauge-converted and is now ready to operate  on the Standard Gauge network.


View the spectacular scenery in Classic Duo seating.

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Enjoy your own space in a Private Compartment.

Buffet Car:

The Buffet Car will not be available for these trips. We encourage passengers to bring their own picnic hampers.


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.

Motive Power:

Steam locomotive R766 is scheduled to be the sole locomotive on all the Picnic Trains over the launch weekend. 

Condition of Travel:

  • 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