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Visit Geelong in heritage style

By Seymour Telegraph

The Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a special trip to Geelong for the 65th Birthday Celebration of B74.

Explore Geelong’s waterfront and shopping precinct or take a coach to Queenscliff with a kit lunch — the tour is on July 21.

Victorian Blue and Gold Locomotive B74 came to Seymour Railway Heritage Centre in the early 1990s after it was withdrawn from service in 1988.

The B-class locomotive was the first diesel-electric locomotive to operate in Victoria. B74 entered service on June 15, 1953, and is one of Victoria’s oldest preserved locomotives.

So kick up your heels and join us in celebrating 65 years of B74 with a day trip to Geelong. Geelong’s beautiful waterfront and shopping precinct is a must, as is a wander down the historic streets. Relax for lunch or coffee in one of Geelong’s many restaurants.

Also available is a coach transfer to Queenscliff where there is plenty to do during three-and-a-half hours there.

Visit Queenscliff Fort and enjoy the opportunity to tour a 19th Century Coastal Artillery Fort (operating as an Australian Army base), with more than 150 years of Australia’s heritage on display.

This fort is one of Victoria’s most important heritage sites and one of the largest and best preserved forts in the country.

There is also the Queenscliff Maritime Museum offering a glimpse into Queenscliff’s fascinating past. The shipwrecks, the rescues, the lifeboats and the pilots who continue to bring ships safely through the rip and into port.

As a special, the first 150 bookings will receive a souvenir B74 bag and booklet.

Passengers will have the choice of travelling in comfortable 100-year-old wooden-bodied compartment-style carriages or former Spirit of Progress steel compartment carriages. Enjoy the views from the viewing platform at the end of the train.

The original 1937 Spirit of Progress Parlour and Dining Carriage will also be available. Enjoy a wine or beer from the licensed bar while watching the beautiful countryside or dine in the dining carriage with morning tea and dinner on offer.

For more information visit www.srhc.org.au or phone 0412 124 659.