It seems that all young kids like Thomas and his friends and Melbourne has loads of train-related activities to satisfy the littlest trainspotter.
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Train Playgrounds in Melbourne
- Marie Wallace Bayswater Park
Massive playground featuring an authentic steam train engine that you can climb into.
2. Puffing Billy playground Emerald
Emerald station has a small playground with a train theme to honour the Puffing Billy that travels along the tracks regularly.
3. Edwardes Lake Park
The playground houses a full-size A2 class locomotive.
4. Windsor Siding Reserve
Small fenced toddler playground with a wooden train engine and a carriage with four seats, right by Windsor station.
5. Train Street Park
A fully-fenced train-themed playground on Train Street, next to the train line at Highett!
6. Trains inside playgrounds
While not actually train-themed playgrounds, Bicentennial Park, Presidents Park and Harmony Park all have pretend train play equipment.
Train play in Melbourne
7. Toot Toot Toys
A toy store with a gated play area and cafe at the back full of train tables and trains. One of Baby 2.0’s favourite indoor hangouts.
8. Readings Kids
Popular children’s bookshop has a popular train table for play. Little Bookroom in Carlton North also has one.
Train-spotting in Melbourne
9. Southern Cross station
Grab a snack and hang out high up above the concourse of Southern Cross station to watch the trains enter and exit the stunning wave roof.
10. Golden Square Bicentennial Park
The mound in the middle of the playground at Golden Square Burnley has a great view of bypassing Metro trains. The excellent family-friendly cafe Serotonin is a bonus.
11. Sebastian’s Food and Wine
A great cafe right on the railway lines at Hampton Station.
12. Eastern Bloc
Eastern European inspired cafe with a view of the Upfield path and Coburg train station.
Miniature railways in Melbourne
13. Diamond Valley Miniature Railway
Weekly miniature railway runs with a fantastic gated playground next door.
14. Bulla Hill Railway
Public runs on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month with a dinosaur theme! There’s a playground next door too.
15. Altona Miniature Railway
Public runs on the 3rd Sunday of every month. There’s even a 9 ¾ platform there.
16. Steam Locomotive Society of Victoria
The SLSV operate for the general public at their Moorabbin site from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm in the afternoon of the FIRST Sunday of every month except January.
17. Mooroolbark & District Miniature Railway & Steam Club
Train rides run 11-4pm on the 4th Sunday of each month, except December.
18. Box Hill Miniature Railway
Public runs on the 3rd Sunday of every month around picturesque Elgar Park. The playground next door also has a train theme and features a wooden train with carriage.
19. Springvale Live Steamers
A working miniature railway In Springvale South. Public run days are held at the track between 12 and 4pm on the 3rd Sunday of every month except December & January.
20. Campbelltown Miniature Passenger Railway
This charming little railway is privately owned and named after train buffs Colin and Nancy Campbell.
Special train rides in Melbourne
21. Puffing Billy
The most famous train ride in Victoria and popular tourist attraction in the Dandenongs. It’s particularly popular with families when they run the themed Day Out with Thomas sessions.
22. Little Red Train
A trackless train that runs in picturesque Werribee Park. There’s a second train that runs in Berwick.
23. The Bellarine Railway
Every Sunday heritage train rides run between Queenscliff and Drysdale stations and they also hold Day out with Thomas and other special events.
24. Mornington Railway
Mornington Railway celebrates steam trains, diesel locos, passenger cars and freight carriages on the first three Sundays of each month, plus special events.
25. Yarra Valley Tourist Railway
Steam train that runs every Sunday on a restored track between Healesville and Lilydale.
Railway displays and museums in Melbourne
26. National Steam Centre
Every Sunday see engines up-close in the museum and take a spin on the miniature railway. Just across the road from the excellent Chesterfield Farm for a full-day adventure.
27. Emerald Lake Model Railway
The Southern Hemisphere’s biggest model railway is found at picturesque Emerald Lake.
28. Fairy Park
Victoria’s oldest theme park also houses a collection of model train sets and a train museum.
The museum holds “Machines in Action Family Days” several times each year where you can see a steam locomotive and engines on display.
30. Australian Railway Historical Society
The railyards hold the largest collection of Victorian Railways steam locomotives on display and is open every Saturday and Saturday and Sunday during school holidays.
31. Steamrail Victoria
Steamrail Victoria is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the restoration and operation of vintage steam, diesel and electric locomotives and carriages. At the Newport workshops and railyard they hold an annual open day and throughout the year they run mainline steam train tours.
32. Train and Hobby Show
Every year at Sandown there are displays of large and small model railway layouts, Live steam engines, ride on train rides and Thomas the Tank train rides.
Train-themed restaurants in Melbourne
Easey’s is an eatery located inside a Hitachi 153M train carriage hoisted five stories up a Collingwood rooftop! Enjoy burgers (and beers) with views overlooking the Melbourne skyline.
34. Carriage Cafe
A charming cafe in Seville set inside carriage constructed over 100 years ago.
35. Rattling Red Cafe
At the back of train is located at the rear of the Tyabb Packing House and Antiques Centre you’ll findRattling Red Cafe, a cafe inside a reconditioned red rattler train carriage. Tuck yourself into a cabin for a Devonshire Tea or sit out on the platform and enjoy the view.
What are your favourite train experiences with kids in Melbourne?