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Wollongong–Scarborough STEAM TRAIN RIDES

Wollongong to Scarborough (return) 

  • Saturday 11, November, 2023

  • Sunday 12, November, 2023

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


Private Compartment - $160 per group

Enjoy the benefit of an entire compartment to yourselves in a heritage 'FS' type non air-conditioned carriage - great for families and social groups! One booking is good for up to a maximum of eight (8) people, including children. Compartments are fitted with tables.

Family of Four - $95 per group

This option is suitable for a maximum of four people and includes two window seats in a spacious area with table.

First Class Single — $40 

Sit back in a First Class chair in a spacious area with table.

Experience the excitement of a steam train trip as The Picnic Train presents two days of special trains on a one-hour return shuttle from Wollongong to Scarborough (return) — perfect for friends and family.

You will travel behind former NSW Government Railways locomotive 5917 as the powerful engine races past the northern suburbs and then climbs through the twists and turns to the coastal town of Scarborough before returning to Wollongong.


Please pay special attention to the number and type of seats you have selected before making your purchase.

Indicative Timetable 


Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th November

(Wollongong Return Trips)

Train 1

  • Wollongong - dep. 09.50a

  • Wollongong - arr. 10.55am

Train 2

  • Wollongong - dep. 11.20a

  • Wollongong - arr. 12.30pm

Train 3

  • Wollongong - dep. 12.50p

  • Wollongong - arr.    2.00pm

Train 4

  • Wollongong - dep. 2.15p

  • Wollongong - arr.   3.15pm

Train 5

  • Wollongong - dep. 3.55p

  • Wollongong - arr.   5.15pm

NOTE: The locomotive rostered for each service cannot be guaranteed and is subject to change due to operational reasons with or without notice. Your ticket is for the journey and is not dependent on the locomotive advertised.

*Indicative 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 details. Train departure and arrival times are subject to change at any time. Should anything change on the day the onboard crew will keep you informed.

Buffet Car:

A small buffet car will be attached to the train selling light refreshments and souvenirs.

We also encourage passengers to bring their own picnic hampers.


BYO alcohol is allowed, however, large eskys are not permitted. 


Babies and Toddlers:

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

Prams, wheelchairs and walkers:

Due to space restrictions and for the safety of all aboard, large prams and mobility equipment cannot be taken aboard the train.  You may bring a small collapsible pram that can be stored in overhead luggage racks. The pram must be collapsed and ready to bring aboard when the train arrives at the platform. If in doubt please call us for further information.


Toilets are available in most carriages. These will be locked while in metropolitan areas.


Mobile Phones:

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



Please pay special attention to the number and type of seats you have selected before making your purchase.

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