Inaugural R766 Picnic Trains
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
Maitland — dep 9.20am
Singleton — arr 10.00am
Camberwell — arr 10.15am
Camberwell — dep 10.50am
Singleton — dep 11.00am
Maitland — arr 12.10pm
Maitland — dep 2.00pm
Singleton — arr 2.40pm
Camberwell — arr 2.55pm
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.
Enjoy your own space in a Private Compartment.
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.
There are no charging points on the heritage equipment. It is recommended that you bring an external battery charger for your mobile devices.
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