Steam-hauled overnight tour from Melbourne in the pipeline

AN AMBITIOUS four-day, 1,500km steam tour is planned for June, including sleeping cars and overnight steam-hauled travel. 

The main tour loco will be North British-built Pacific R707 (1951/26997), constructed for Victorian Railways. 

R707 in action on August 26, 2018. The loco was withdrawn in 1974, having only run 123,572 miles in its 33-year career, so was an excellent candidate for preservation. ROB McFARLANE

The train will start from Melbourne and visit Echuca, Deniliquin, Swan Hill and Piangil between June 7 and 10. 

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