Today I went on an exciting adventure. Me and a whole bunch of kids with mum, dad, grandma, uncle etc. I felt just like a kid setting off on an exciting day trip, and as I was surrounded by exactly that, it really helped set the mood!
I arrived at the heritage Queenscliff station at twenty to eleven in the morning to find the train I was about to catch steaming and puffing away with doors wide open ready to receive travelers. What an adorable cutesie sight!! A glorious sunny day, the chill of the morning worn off to a nice comfortable day and a trip in this old steam train to boot!!
Ticket office at the Queenscliff railway station
Irony abounds in the sight of this old fashioned ticket office. I purchased my ticket for the steam train online with my smart phone, and unable to print it out, the railway man had to read my details off said smart phone to record my journey! So much for doing things in the old way! However I did get a cute old school ticket to carry.
Return ticket to board the Queenscliff to Drysdale steam train
Permission to enter the railway station and wait for the train to depart!
Moving from the ticket office to the railway platform
Queenscliff railway station
Here’s the train waiting to take on passengers and convey them to Drysdale
Steam engine puffing away ready to take off
Steam engine with the engineers getting ready to depart
Carriages waiting with open doors for passengers to board
Finally eleven o’clock!! All aboard!
Time to depart – all aboard!
Time to pick the best place to sit for the best view!
View from the carriage out the door waiting for the station master to shut us in
The station master closing all the doors for departure
And we are off! Following the shore of Swan Bay then crossing inland to Drysdale
Perfection! The view from my seat in the train: blue skies, green grass, trees and through it all the gorgeous Swan Bay
The inside of the 1920s carriage
Some days, life is just perfect! Comfy seat, train doing all the work, view to boot!
First stop, Laker’s Siding
Lakers Siding railway station
Second stop, Suma Park (bad photo!)
Suma Park railway station
Third and final stop, Drysdale. Beautiful station opposite Lake Lorne, home of some great birds!
Behind of Drysdale railway station
Purple Swamphens at the Drysdale railway station
A beautiful Black Swan, a Eurasian Coot and some ducks opposite Drysdale railway station
Cormorants roosting in an old tree in Lake Lorne opposite the Drysdale railway station
What a great trip! I can highly recommend the steam train trip between Queenscliff and Drysdale; if you’re in the area, make sure you take the time to enjoy this old school adventure 🙂