Take a classic train trip with SGR - See our Timetable page for dates & times. Enquiries: Ph (03) 5658 1111
Welcome to the South Gippsland Railway
Have a Great Day - Enjoy The Ride !
Bring the family and take the train from Korumburra. The train trip offers great views and a great destination. Enjoy a classic train ride from Korumburra to Leongatha and return - with the the South Gippslamd Railway.
A train window view of the South Gippsland landscape,
Bring the family along to Korumburra for a classic train trip to Leongatha and return. Bring a picnic lunch, or enjoy refreshments at Korumburra. While in town see some of the classic buildings in Korumburra and Leongatha. We look forward to seeing you. (See TIMETABLES page for train times)
South Gippsland Railway – 20th Year
The South Gippsland Tourist Railway (SGR) is based in Korumburra. December 26th 2014 saw the 20th anniversary of the commencement of train operations between Korumburra and Leongatha.
Who we are
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.
SGR is a broad gauge railway managed and operated by volunteers without whom the operation would cease to exist. Like any community group SGR welcomes new members from all walks of life. Railway operations cover a very diverse range of skills so there will be something of interest for everyone, just make yourself known to station staff at Korumburra any Sunday for further information.
We run rail-motors and deisel locomotive hauled trains all year round (see timetable for running days), with additional Wednesday services during School Holidays. Services also operate on selected Public Holidays.
Trips 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com
The "Return The Leongatha Pass" group has been advocating for the return of Passenger services on the Leongatha Line, see this link for more information: Website Link
Preferred SGR Suppliers:
South Gippsland Railway would like to thank the following businesses for their ongoing support and expertise:
Evans Petroleum, JSL Enginering, Repco (Leongatha)
BJ Bearings (Leongatha), The Paint Place (Leongatha)
The Trains & The Towns
From Korumburra, we present trips to Leongatha and Nyora (Check dates for each on the Timetables page)
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.
Important Note: Due to track and bridge works, services from Korumburra to Nyora are not running, however the services from Korumburra to Leongatha are operational.
SGR Enquiries Window - Click to Open
Group Bookings make for a great day.
A great day out on the rails is with the family, and also with group bookings. Your club or group can get together for a great afternoon on the train with the South Gippsland Railway.
Take the trip through rolling hills and country side, see the dairy farms and countryside that has changed little in over 50 years.
When you arrive in Leongatha, see some of the historic buildings, and stop for a coffee and a bite to eat before you board the train for your return trip to Korumburra.
For more information about Group Bookings and other general enquiries, phone us on 5658 1111
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: firstname.lastname@example.org PO Box 5, Korumburra Vic 3950 | Website (c) 2013