I started the trip to Birregurra from Southern Cross Station, by working out how to get to the city without having to find a car park. After realising that the trains from Nth Melbourne go through the Loop before getting to Southern Cross (usually one stop) I remembered Celia had used a bus over the west gate bridge last week.
So I looked it up and found I could get one at 9:06 to get to Southern Cross by 9:25, to meet the others at 945.
As I headed down to Altona Gate bus stop (5-6 min walk) I spotted a man at the stop Celia had seen on the On-ramp from Millers Rd ( 2 mins walk from home) He was there because his bike had a flat tire and he was waiting for his wife to come and get him!! But he assured me the bus would stop so I sat down and chatted about the new bridge for bikes opened last week to go to Yarraville. Bus arrived at 909am.
So a quick and direct service to the city, met Sue and Wendy on Platform 2 B
|Vintage train with dining car and compartments|
We had a comfy compartment and had booked High tea but this turned out to be morning AND afternoon tea, so felt very stylish!
|the Dining Car|
|More than we could eat!|
|View of the sky as I lay under a tree after lunch|
|water Tank from 1891.|
|Old Station features|
|Enthusiasts waiting to get a pic as the train returned after lunch|