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Scone Picnic Train 

Double-Headed Steam with R766 and 5917!

Maitland–Scone (return)


Sunday, 10 July 2022

Ride behind double-headed steam locomotives from Victoria and NSW, as R766 and 5917 travel through the Hunter Valley on the busy Main Northern railway line from Maitland to Scone. Enjoy the break at Scone before the train returns to Maitland, via Singleton and Camberwell Colliery balloon Loop to turn the locomotives.


As part of our history-making double-header weekend, 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 Scone, the ‘Horse Capital of Australia’. You will have time in Scone for lunch and to explore the town before returning to Maitland in the afternoon.

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

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


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


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


Outboard Journey

  • Maitland                     dep  8.30am

  • Singleton                   dep  9.30am

  • Muswellbrook     dep 10.20am

  • Scone                              arr 11.00am 

Return Journey

  • ​Scone                       dep  2.15pm

  • Muswellbrook       arr 3.00pm

  • Singleton                  arr 4.00pm

  • Camberwell (turn train)

  • Singleton                  arr 5.20pm

  • Maitland                   arr 6.05pm

* 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!

Photos: Mathieu Macey


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 Scone 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 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