Have a GREAT weekend - Take the train this Sunday at Korumburra Driver Experience (Dream Come True) & Charter Services also available. We look forward to seeing you, please join us !
Welcome to Summer on the South Gippsland Railway
Have a Great Day - Enjoy The Ride !
Bring the family and take the train this Sunday from Korumburra. It's a great time of the year, and the train trip offers great views and a great destination. Enjoy a classic train ride from Korumburra to Leongatha and return this Summer - with the the South Gippslamd Railway.
The South Gippsland Railway is a volunteer operated not for profit community based service, providing one of the main attractions in South Gippsland. Volunteers are involved in the management, administration, track maintenance, deisel motor re-conditioning, rolling stock restoration and upkeep, and almost every part of the railway's operation.
We run rail-motors and deisel hauled trains on Sundays all year round (see timetable for details), with additional Wednesday services during School Holidays. Services also operate on selected Public Holidays.
Journeys start at the heritage listed Korumburra Station, and head north and south for return trips to both Leongatha and Nyora, giving you time to see and experience the towns, have a coffee or a picnic and then return to Korumburra by train.
Hertiage listed Korumburra Station Building
Train Driver & Guard Training
If you've thought of being part of the SGR Train Crew as a Driver or as a Guard, SGR presents traiuning to help you get there. For more information about Safeworking, Guard and Driver Training, phone us on 03 5658 1111
Public Appeal for Donations
SGR is seeking financial support for its vital projects - including remedial bridgework on the Korumburra - Nyora line section, and for the long awaited return of the T-320 Locomotive to Korumburra. For more details phone (03) 5658-1111.
Special Services and Charters
South Gippsland Railway also presents special services, including the Dinner Train, Murder Mystery Train and other theme based special services.
Special services are also operated as part of our Driver Experience program "Dream Come True", and for specially chartered trains.
Trains and station facilities are also available for special events, charters and corporate bookings. We have provided the venue and facilities for many AGM's, Product Launches, Weddings, Trivia Nights, community fundraising events, dance nights and more.
To get things started for your next event, contact us now for more information. Please phone 5658-1111 or email us at email@example.com
Historic Leongatha Buildings
About the Railway
South Gippsland Railway was established as a railway preservation group in 1992, with the intention of retaining railway operations on a then planned to be closed and dismantled section of the former "Great Southern Railway".
Last V/Line Train from Leongatha
At that time, the railway line from Yarram was in the process of being progressively dismantled, with rail recovery trains a regular daily feature on the line.
The final nail was the winding up of passenger services in late 1993. At that time, SGR was aiming to retain the use of part of the former Leongatha Line as a tourist railway, and had been granted "at the eleventh hour" government permission to operate the service from Nyora to Leongatha. This restriction was due to sand trains still using the line from the "Koala Sidings" (South of Lang Lang) to Melbourne.
It was due to the fast work in establishment of SGR that the line was not dismantled any further than the downside home signal, 200m south of Leongatha station. That signal is still in place today.
This website will soon include a number of images from the former line, and video clips of the dismantling of the line and the last of the dreaded rail recovery trains departing Leongatha Station, in early 1994.
The original State Government plan in the early 90's was to close and dismantle the line right back to Cranbourne, thankfully that didn't happen. With a strong railway organisation, that will be prevented, and also provides an opportunity to potentially extend services at a later time.
To be part of this railway experience in the making - contact us on 5658-1111 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
More Trains This Summer
This Summer South Gippsland Railway are running Railmotors and Loco Hauled Trains between Korumburra and Leongatha. And in January, we present trains every Sunday and Wednesday, in addition to a special extra Loco Hauled Passenger Train running day on Thursday January 2nd (See the Timetable Page for details) - a great reason to bring the family these school holidays.
Volunteer With SGR
Whether you're a local or come from far away, we're seeking people with trades skills, deisel mechanics, and many more. No experience ? No Worries - there's jobs for everyone. An excellent opportunity for retired or semi retired, or if you're looking for a new challenge. See our VOLUNTEERS page.
More Information - Phone 03-5658-1111
The Trains & The Towns
From Korumburra, we present trips to Leongatha and Nyora (Check dates for each on the Timetables page)
Presently due to trackworks, services from Korumburra to Nyora are not running, however the services from Korumburra to Leongatha are running. Leongatha offers many historic buildings, and there's time to see the sights and even stop by at one of Leongatha's cafes to enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat, maybe even do a little shopping while in town.
At Korumburra, you can have a look through the station - including the SGR Museum - where many pieces of historic railway items are on display. Also, the photo exhibition - showing the original stations along the line - from Koo Wee Rup through to Leongatha, the original trains, and much more.
Leongatha is a town with much charm and old world feel. Just up from the station is the main street, with many cafes and bakeries open to enjoy a coffee and cake, or have picnic on the grass under the big tree next to leongatha station.
Loch and Nyora are both on the northern section from Korumburra. Loch features antique shops, regular market days, and the local pub offers great meals. Nyora is (at this time) the northern most station on the South Gippsland Railway, a small quiet village atmosphere, plenty of green open space, skatepark, and a general store. Bring along a BBQ pack and spend an hour under the rotunda in the park adjoining the Nyora railway station.
The South Gippsland Railway hosts an excellent photo gallery which details the history of the line, the trains and stations of the old South Gippsland Line. Also visit the John Nolan Room - showing exhibits of now long retired railway technology and other interesting items. There's always more reasons to visit the South Gippsland Railway at Korumburra Station
Get Involved as a Member
Membership is an important part of the South Gippsland Railway - twofold, it generates revenue to assist in the operation of the railway, and provides members with special events, members days, discounted train trips, and covers for insurance while working as a volunteer.
The cost for membership is $45 for a single membership $65 for family membership. If you are an aged pensioner, discounted membership is $25 and we'll need a photocopy of your pension card for verification. There is also a one-off $10 joining fee.
We provide many opportunities for volunteers at South Gippsland Railway. These include maintenance and restoration of rolling stock, gardens and station buildings upkeep, management, administration & promotions activities, selling tickets & customer service, track and rail infrastructure maintenance, and much more
Restoration & Track Works
We have a number of projects awaiting keen hands, so if you have weekends free, or perhaps you are retired or semi retired, and have the time and skills to assist, please feel welcome to become a part of the SGR volunteer team. Its a great way to share and gain skills, and meet others who share the passion.
Getting to Korumburra Station
Korumburra Station is around 112km south-east of Melbourne GPO. Take the South Gippsland Highway (M420) from Melbourne (also a turn off from Monash Freeway), through Cranbourne, Turn left into the A440 just after Lang Lang. See below:
Take the South Gippsland Highway to Korumburra Station, Station Street, Korumburra. Turn into Bridge Road at the top of the hill at Korumburra.
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Contact Us: South Gippsland Tourist Railway Inc. ABN 21 157 908 479 Tel: 03 5658-1111 / Email: email@example.com PO Box 5, Korumburra Vic 3950 | Website (c) 2013