Ah chugga-chugga! Tooooot! Miniature railways at its finest at the Diamond Valley Railway. This amazing set up of steam, electric, petrol and diesel locomotives run EVERY Sunday and are brilliant - and affordable - family entrainment. Although the crowds are aplenty, the line moves quickly with half a dozen or so trains operating all at once, weaving their way through the 2 kilometres of track set in the natural Eltham bushland. The attention to detail blows Mamma away. From the signals, the road crossings, the station platforms and tunnels, to of course - the main attraction - the trains themselves. The ride is smooth and just long - or short enough - to maintain the toddler's attention for the duration. Be sure to practise your royal wave as you pass your family alongside the track!
Mamma's special mention: After your ride or between trips - let's face it you will be going again - the Copper Butterfly park is right next door. The kids can play and you can grab a coffee as the Travelling Cafe Van is there every Sunday! If that park is too busy, there is another smaller playground to the right of the roundabout as well. BUT of course if you want a full day out - the Eltham Tea House is over the road. Phew!
Each Labour Day weekend is the annual 12 hour community run. The trains will be running on Sunday march 11 from 11am til 11pm - SO many 11's! There will be some food trucks, the BBQ running and tins a-rattling, raising money for local organisations. For more details - click here
the nitty gritty
Every Sunday and selected Public Holidays
Running on Wednesdays during school holidays!
$3 a ride with children under 2yrs FREE
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Main Road, Eltham