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Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club (Scoresby)




The engines are impressive seen in action and on the last Sunday of each month (except December) many of them are fired up. There will always be at least one or two steam rollers or traction engines in steam, the stationary museum steams up, the big diesels and the vintage workshop also put on a display. There are over 400 engines and associated exhibits scattered through the exhibition sheds around the sites.

The grounds have been developed from a raw industrial wasteland to a very pleasant park by the volunteer members of the club over the past 20 years with picnic tables, shade trees and BBQ facilities for picnickers.

To see it all running the best time to visit is rally time.

The miniature railway track runs for about 1km around the perimeter of the site. On the trip you pass the lake complete with numerous ducks and other water birds, you see the cattle grazing on the near by farmland and you view some of the museum machinery around the track.

The line is only set up to run a single train at any one time. On the last Sunday of the month the train is pulled by the steam locomotive. On other Sundays the diesel outline engine is used.

Opening Hours:


The grounds and museum are open 11am till 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays (except the Christmas - New Year period.)

The miniature railway operates every Sunday, weather permitting, from 11am to 4pm, excepting for Christmas -New Year.

Cost:


Except for special events admission is by donation
Miniature railway rides are $2.50

Review:


Even though you can visit on any Saturday or Sunday, the experience is much more special on the last Sunday of each month when the steam engine pulls the train, a steam roller will be operating and lots of old steam engines will be hissing away.

This is a budding engineers dream location with a huge range of exhibits ranging from old equipment still in need of restoration to sheds full of working steam engines. The main sheds cover Industrial Steam Engines, Vintage Workshop, Diesel Engines and Generators and Stream Tug Engines. It is interesting to wander around and see what is in each shed. One shed contains a train track where the kids can start the trains. There are also interactive displays which show how some of the engines work.

The train ride consists of a single lap around the whole complex and passes a lake and old equipment sitting beside the track.

All the volunteers are very passionate and happy to spend time talking about the history and stories behind the exhibits.

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1200 Ferntree Gully Rd,  Scoresby 3179, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 0413 261 780
Map: 72 Ref: D9

Web Links


Link www.melbournesteam.com.au

Link Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club on Facebook



  Reader Feedback  

Emma      Posted:    9:22 PM January 27, 2014

What a hidden gem this place is. We'd driven past on many occasions but didn't realise what was here until reading about it on Melbourne Playgrounds. Even one of the volunteers told us that 'no-one knows we're here'! A really cheap outing for the kids with entry by donation and train rides only $2.50. There are heaps of displays and four remote controlled Thomas the Tank Engine tracks that the children can start and stop themselves. The volunteers are really friendly and so passionate about what they do. The only small downside is that there is no food available but this is clearly advertised on their website. There is however a shaded picnic area that you can bring your own food to. Highly recommended!
Rachel      Posted:    8:45 AM June 25, 2012

We recently visited here on the weekend with our toddler, it just happened to be their 100 year anniversary. Highly recommended for a cheap form of entertainment (even in inclement weather). The volunteers are so wonderful, particularly those who run the minature railway - they truly love what they do and that's apparent to all!

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