Railway heritage and attractions
Mitchell Shire has a rich railway history across many of its towns for train enthusiasts to explore.
Seymour Railway Station was constructed in 1874 on the Melbourne-Wodonga line. Seymour's heritage-listed station is both architecturally and historically significant and still used by V-Line operations today. While exploring Seymour, be sure to visit the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre and book a tour to board a restored vintage train to tour the region.
Mitchell Shire offers further railway history with Heathcote Junction Station. Originally named Summit, it was altered to Kilmore Junction in 1888 and then to Heathcote Junction in 1922 and was used for the now closed Heathcote Junction to Bendigo line. While this line is no longer operational it is an important reminder of years gone by.
Today you can see railway remnants of this train line at the Tramway Heritage Centre in Bylands. The centre is also home to preserved decommissioned tramway fleet as well as buses and other vehicles.
Be sure to visit Mitchell Shire and experience all the railway heritage on offer.
Visit a railway heritage attraction
- Great Victorian Rail TrailAttraction & Railway heritageMain Road, Tallarook1800 RTRAIL (1800 787 245)Australia’s longest rail trail traverses Mitchell Shire. Its 134km length extends from Tallarook to Mansfield and passes rivers, valleys, lakes and mountains as well as calling in at welcoming country towns. Explore on bike, on foot or on horseback.
- Kilmore Miniature RailwayAttraction & Railway heritageCorner of Ryan’s Road and Foot Street, Kilmore03 5781 1711The Kilmore Miniature Railway runs on the last Saturday of the month in conjunction with the Kilmore Scouts Market.
- Seymour Railway Heritage Centre and Railway StationAttraction & Railway heritageVictoria Street, Seymour03 5799 0515Head to the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre to board an impeccably preserved diesel locomotive for a special heritage tours.
- Tramway Heritage CentreAttraction & Railway heritage330 Union Lane, (south of Kilmore), Bylands03 9798 6035See one of the largest tram collections in Australia. Open Sundays from 11am to 4pm.
JW Elliot Reserve is home to the Old Black Train Steam Engine.
Built in 1913 this genuine steam train has been on a permanent display since 1965.