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All young kids like Thomas and his friends. Melbourne is bursting to the seams with train related activities. There are an array of playgrounds with train themes. Here are some of the best.

Marie Wallace Bayswater Park, Bayswater (our personal favourite)
Valley Reserve, Mount Waverley
Tunstall Park, Nunawading
Boroondara Park, Canterbury
Windsor Siding, Union St, Windsor
Train Street Park, Train St, Highett

If the kids find playground trains a bit too static, then head off for a ride on a real steam or miniature train. Rides are generally held on different days of the month.

Every day
Puffing Billy

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month
Little Red Train (Werribee Park, Werribee South)

Every Sunday of the month
Diamond Valley Miniature Railway (our personal favourite)
Campbelltown Miniature Passenger Railway
Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club
Yarra Valley Tourist Railway
Bellarine Railway

First Sunday of the month
Bulla Hill Railway
Mornington Tourist Railway
Portarlington Miniature Railway
The Steam Locomotive Society of Victoria (except January)
New Gisborne Mini Train Rides

Second Sunday of the month
Mornington Tourist Railway

Third Sunday of the month
Altona Miniature Railway
Box Hill Miniature Steam Railway Society
Bulla Hill Railway
Mornington Tourist Railway
Portarlington Miniature Railway
Springvale Live Steamers Model Railway

Fourth Sunday of the month
Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club

Other places where train spotting might reap some rewards are:
Fairy Park (Huge model train set and a Train Museum)
Myuna Farm (Farm tour train rides available)
Caribbean Gardens, Scoresby (Be prepared to have your teeth rattled loose on the train ride)
Luna Park (Ghost train & Scenic Railway)
Eildon Street, Doncaster Playground (Willy Wonka Train)
Edwardes Lake Park, Griffiths Street, Reservoir (Full size A2 class locomotive)
Narallah Grove, Box Hill North Playground (Wooden Train)
Gembrook Leisure Park, Gembrook (Wooden train with carriages)
Madeline St, Glen Iris Playground (Small train and carriage)
Blue Hills Av, Mount Waverley Playground (Equipment in shape of Thomas)
Boyd Park, Wahroongaa Rd, Murrumbeena Playground (Train shaped play area)
Emerald Lake Model Railway (Huge model railway)
Hansen Reserve, Parkview Street, Airport West Playground (Playground with Train Theme)
Albany Crescent Reserve, Albany Crescent, Aspendale Playground (Playground with Train Theme)
Banksia Reserve Playground, Tramway Parade, Beaumaris Playground (Train Play Equipment)
Central Park, Colby Drive, Belgrave Heights Playground (Train Play Equipment)
Dega Avenue, Bentleigh East Playground (Wooden train)
Elgar Park, Belmore Road, Box Hill North Playground (Wooden Train with carriage)
Green Street, Bulla Playground (Train Play Equipment)
Kilvington Drive, Emerald Playground (Train Play Equipment)
Cnr Myrtle Rd and Sargood St, Hampton Playground (Wooden Train and Carriages)
Hartwell Station Reserve, Camberwell Playground (Train with Carriage)
Apex Park, Glenfern Road, Healesville Playground (Train theme)
Bergen Reserve, Bergen St, Keysborough Playground (Slight Train Theme)
Lilydale Lake Playground, Swansea Rd, Lilydale Playground (Train with Carriages)
Lakeside Picnic Area, Two Bays Road, Mount Eliza Playground (Train Theme)
Boyd Park, Wahroongaa Rd, Murrumbeena Playground (Train with Carriages)
Argo Reserve, Argo Street, South Yarra Playground (Partial train Theme)
Warrandyte Federation Playspace, Yarra Street, Warrandyte Playground (Train and Carriage)
Conquest Park, Conquest Drive, Werribee Playground (Train with carriage)

For the die-hard train fanatics or those on holidays, try the following outside Melbourne
Alexandra Timber Tramway (Second and fourth Sundays of the month)
Ballarat Tramway Museum (Saturdays, Sundays, Public and School holidays)
Bendigo Tramways (Daily)
Cobden Miniature Railway (Third Sunday of the month as well as all Sundays during School holidays)
Daylesford Spa Country Railway (Multiple trips every Sunday)
Campaspe Valley Railway (Echuca) (First Sunday of the month, Mar-Dec)
Loddon Miniature Steam Train Rides (Eddington) (Fourth Sunday of the Month, April-October)
Elmore Miniature Railway (Saturday and Sundays and all school holidays)
Euroa Miniature Railway (Fourth Sunday of the month)
Clarkeville Miniature Railway (Forge Creek) (First Sunday of the month)
Hamilton Miniature Railway (Every Sunday)
Wimmera Miniature Train Rides (Horsham) (Second Sunday of the month)
Kerrisdale Mountain Railway & Museum (Thursday - Monday)
Emerald Bank Adventure Park (Kialla) (Second and Fourth Sunday of the month)
Moama Bridge Miniature Railway (Weekends, public holidays and School holidays )
KidsTown Adventure Playground (Mooroopna) (Every weekend, public holiday and Victorian School holiday)
Portland Cable Trams (Every day)
Red Cliff Historical Steam Railway (First Sunday of the month, on Easter Saturday and the Sundays of the Labour Day and Queens Birthday long weekends. Does not operate in Jan and Feb)
South Gippsland Tourist Railway (Most Sundays, some Public Holidays and every Wednesday during School holidays)
Gippsland Model Engineering Society Railway (Traralgon) (Fourth Sunday of each month, Feb-Nov)
Victorian Goldfields Railway (Most Sundays and Wednesdays and some Saturdays)
Walhalla Goldfields Railway (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday plus some other days)
Lake Hume Engineers Miniature Railway (Wodonga) (Third Sunday of the month excluding January)

If little Johnny is interested in other transport related activities then steam on over to the bottom of the left hand menu and select Transport.




  Reader Feedback  

Shane      Posted:    9:45 PM November 12, 2014

I know most of these train venues are run by volunteers but I wish a couple (except Puffing Billy) would operate on Saturday instead of Sunday
Mrs mummy to 1      Posted:    9:56 PM August 6, 2014

The photo that is on this page, which park is it? Admin - That is from a "Friends of Thomas" day at the Bellarine Railway.
putty      Posted:    1:08 PM July 4, 2013

thenexttrains.com - Check your trains before your travel.
lynne      Posted:    10:13 AM May 19, 2013

I remember going to the park in bayswater as a kid, the only thing there was the train! Fantastic to see the changes on your site, and thank you for all the hard work you put into your site for Melbourne families.
Serene      Posted:    10:13 PM January 13, 2013

Excellent information on all possible train rides! Thank you.

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