Following on from parts one and two of our blogs on trains, we have information about museums and exhibitions. Here at Gold Age Australia, we talk to our beloved residents about the things that interest them. We know that keeping mentally and physically active is important for their well-being. Furthermore, we know that hobbies and activities keep them connected to life.
That is why we’re happy to pass on the following information for those caring for their elderly loved ones. Victoria has a proud history of train travel. Furthermore, whilst motorcars certainly have their place, train travel is very practical for the elderly. It is comfortable, safe and stress free.
The Australian Railway Historical Society Victorian Division is situated in Newport. The address is 26 Champions Road. The museum is open every Saturday from 12:00 to 5:00 PM. However, during school holidays it is also open on Sundays from 12 noon until 5 PM.
They also have a library. The address is 39 St. Edmunds Road Prahran Vic 3181. Furthermore, they offer memberships. If you are interested you may write to them at P.O. Box 748 Williamstown VIC 3016.
If a group of people wishes to visit, you may call them and they will open by arrangement. Furthermore, the entry fees are very reasonable. Tickets are $8 for adults and children. The elderly and concession holders pay $4. Children under four enter for free. Family concessions are also available.
The museum displays the largest collection of Victorian Railways steam locomotives. It features more than 15 different models.
However in the 1950s they were replaced by diesel locomotives. These were preferred because they were cleaner and more efficient. They are also now on display in the railway museum.
Other models include electric locomotives. Also showcased are suburban and country passenger carriages, and a selection of guards vans and freight wagons.
The Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens is one of the world’s oldest remaining exhibition pavilions. It is situated in the Carlton Gardens. For information, visit their website or call them on 13 11 02. By connecting with them, they will keep you connected via their newsletters. From then on, you will be notified of all new exhibitions, including trains.
Aside from regular interstate train travel, new trains such as the Ghan have been built. The link: http://www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/trains/the-ghan. This is to encourage Australians to visit their beautiful country in more depth. The first name touted was “the Afghan Express”. After the pioneering cameleers who forged a trail into the red centre of Australia more than 150 years ago. Legend had it that these men came from Afghanistan. Therefore Afghans shortened to the Ghans.
Originally, the line followed the route of explorer John McDougall Stuart. On 4 August 1929 the first train departed from Adelaide railway station. It carried over 100 passengers, and its destination was what is today known as Alice Springs.
The original idea was that the Ghan would travel from Adelaide, through to the city of Darwin. The Ghan finally embarked on its inaugural journey on February 1, 2004. The cross-country journey covers 2,979 km. Travellers are treated to spectacular and diverse landscapes. Furthermore the colours change from those of the South Australian plains to the Reds of the MacDonnell Ranges and the tropical greens of Catherine and Darwin.
This is just a sampling dear reader, of what Australian train travel has to offer. We hope we have begun you on a journey of discovery. There is so much more to train travel in Australia than going to work or school every day. Furthermore, we hope this will inspire you to go now that you have time to visit this wonderful land Down Under.
And so, until next time, from all of us here at Gold Age Australia, we wish you bon voyage, good health and happiness. Please look out for our next blogs sharing life’s journey with you and your elderly loved ones. Bye for now.
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