All aboard

Steamrail’s snow train is heading to Gippsland again this year and will be opportunity for locals to exhibit what the region has to offer.

Due to the popularity of last year’s trip, there will be two trips on Saturday, 22 June and Sunday, 21 July.

The snow steam train runs from Newport to Traralgon and return with optional side trips.

Passengers from Melbourne can choose to get off at Warragul for a winery tour or get off at Moe for Old Gippstown tour or bus trip to Mt Baw Baw or Walhalla.

The rest of the passengers will travel to Traralgon and spend five hours in town before the train returns to Melbourne.

There is an option for locals to get in on the fun too, by catching the train from Moe to Traralgon, which is $10 for adults and $7 for children.

Latrobe City Business and Tourism Association chair Terry Sumner said the day was a fantastic opportunity for not just Latrobe Valley, but Gippsland in general.

“You do find that when people have a positive experience that they decide to come back and so we’ll be heavily promoting what the region has to offer,” Mr Sumner said.

“We’re working hard to encourage small businesses in Traralgon to open on the Sunday and hopefully get the Royal Exchange Hotel’s Cork Club running their market.”

Latrobe City’s manager economic development Geoff Hill said Latrobe City would be promote the steam train visit with local shops to ensure they were aware of the time of both services.

“These steam train services are an opportunity to raise the profile of our region, generate some spending in our municipality and introduce the many Melbournians who take the train to the hidden gems in our region,” Mr Hill said.

Melbourne to Gippland prices are adults return $20, children return $10, family return (two adults and two children or one adult and three children) $50.

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Tickets can be purchased from the Latrobe Visitor Information Centre, Traralgon, in person or by phoning 1800 621 409.