The Sydney Limited - Rail and Sail - November 2017

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Treat yourself to a relaxing 5-day short break this November you won’t find anywhere else – travel from Sydney to Melbourne and back by ship and two heritage trains.

Hosted by Cruise Express, you’ll enjoy a leisurely 3-night cruise from Sydney to Melbourne aboard the big and beautiful Golden Princess. Two days at sea will provide time to enjoy the ship’s 17 decks of excitement including 4 pools, 9 jacuzzis, 9 restaurants and cafes, spectacular stage productions in the theatre and 6 lounges including the breathtaking Skywalkers Lounge suspended over the back of the ship. Our overnight stay in the Victorian capital includes time to enjoy the city’s legendary shopping and arcade cafes as well as a sumptuous dinner aboard the elegant Colonial Tramcar Restaurant.  

The next morning, the gleaming carriages of our privately chartered ‘Spirit of Progress’ train await at Southern Cross Station. B74, a Victorian Railways double-ended locomotive which entered service in June 1953, will haul the original Spirit of Progress carriages including compartment seating cars, a dining car and parlor car. Breakfast will be served as you journey to Seymour to board the heritage, 1962-built 621/721 rail motor for the remainder of your scenic rail journey back to Sydney. Leaving Seymour, the crew will be on hand to tell you about the 621/721, its history, restoration and return to heritage service. Unlike the trains of today, the windows open, offering both fresh air and the chance to better take in the sights and sounds of your surroundings. You will also have the opportunity to visit the driver’s cabin where you can speak to the driver and see first-hand how the rail motor is driven.

After crossing the Murray River into NSW, a short stop will be made at Albury for you to stretch your legs while the crew prepare morning tea. At Junee, enjoy lunch in the historic station restaurant before continuing on through the ever changing countryside with another short stop at Goulburn for afternoon tea. A mid-evening arrival in Sydney is anticipated.

Relive the glamorous golden era of travel on this unique, 2000 kilometre round-trip by rail and sea. You will be escorted by Cruise Express Tour Managers who will take care of all the details. All you’ll need to do is enjoy this remarkable adventure, make new friends and have fun. All aboard! 




  3 night voyage on Golden Princess including all meals, entertainment and gratuities

  1 night Melbourne accommodation at the Vibe Savoy Hotel (or similar)

  Dinner aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant including drinks

  Morning service from Melbourne Southern Cross Station to Seymour aboard the heritage Spirit of Progress train including breakfast

  Daylight service from Seymour to Sydney’s Central Station aboard the 621/721 heritage rail motor including morning and afternoon teas and light refreshments

  Lunch at Junee Railway Station Café

  Group transfer in Melbourne from pier to hotel 

  The services of professional Cruise Express Tour Managers




Inside Stateroom 
Approximately 168 to 182 sq. ft. 

from: $1,790 per person twin share  

from: $2,390 per person sole occupancy  


Oceanview Cabin*   
 Approximately 183 sq. ft. to 190 sq. ft. 


from: $1,890 per person twin share  

from: $2,690 per person sole occupancy  

Cabin view may be obstructed


Balcony Cabin  
 Approximately 237 sq. ft. and 46 sq. ft. balcony


from: $1,990 per person twin share  
from: $2,890 per person sole occupancy  

Approximately 354 sq. ft. and 80 sq. ft. balcony


from: $2,090 per person twin share  
from: $2,990 per person sole occupancy  

Stateroom & Suite images are representative of staterooms & suites in that category and type.  
Some rooms in the same category may have different furniture configurations and/or facilities.
  *All fares are based on a SYD departure. Departure from other cities available on request.

621 / 721 Rail motor

New South Wales Government Railways embarked on a program of passenger fleet modernisation placing an order for five 2-car sets in 1960 to displace steam hauled suburban services in Newcastle. After trials, class leader set 621/721 was delivered to Newcastle on 21 August, 1961. 621/721 operated in its intended role serving the people of the Hunter region for over 45 years, only straying away for brief periods of maintenance in Sydney. During its career it performed thousands of runs to destinations including Telarah, Dungog, Scone, Cessnock, Gosford, Taree and Sandgate Cemetery.

621 was rostered to perform the last regular 620/720 service to Dungog mismatched with car 725 in June 2007 whilst a special RailCorp run to Paterson officially farewelling the sets with invited guests on October 29 of the same year saw it reunited with trailer 721. After a period of storage at Broadmeadow 621/721 was nominated as RailCorp core collection heritage units and allocated to The Rail Motor Society under a custodial agreement. 621/721 now enjoys the next chapter of its service career in preservation at Paterson, running heritage tours in the local area and further afield.


Built: 1961   Builder: Chullora Railway Workshops    Formation: 1 power car NPF621, 1 trailer car NTC721    

Entered Service: 1962   Last Revenue Service: 2007    Entered Heritage Service: 2010    Passengers: 94    Crew: 8    

Car Length: 18.67m    Car Width: 2.97m    Maximum speed: 115 km/h    Track Gauge: Standard

Spirit of Progress

Spirit of Progress ushered in a standard of passenger train speed and comfort not previously seen in Australia on its introduction in November 1937. When introduced, the train featured many innovations new to Australian railways, such as full air-conditioning and all-steel carriage construction. Its interior fittings used materials such as stainless steel and native Australian blackwood veneers.

From its introduction in November 1937 until April 1962 the train service ran on the broad gauge line from Melbourne's Spencer Street station to Albury, where passengers changed to a New South Wales Government Railways ‘Melbourne Limited Express’. Following the completion of the standard gauge line between Melbourne and Albury in April 1962 the Spirit of Progress was extended to Sydney. With declining passenger numbers it was decided to combine the Spirit of Progress and Southern Aurora into one train, the unimaginatively named Sydney/Melbourne Express. Spirit of Progress ran for the last time on 2 August, 1986.

Much of the original Spirit of Progress rolling stock remained in use on regular long distance intrastate service for VR and its successor V/Line, and for a period of time the private rail operator West Coast Railway. It is perhaps a measure of the high standard of the Spirit of Progress rolling stock that the last of the "BS" class of compartment cars was only retired by V/Line in July 2006, almost 69 years after their introduction.

B class locomotive
Built: 1952   
Builder: Clyde Engineering, Rosewater     Model: Electro Motive Disel ML2    Entered Service: 1953

UIC class: Co-Co    Fuel type: Diesel    Prime mover: Electro-motive 16-567BC V16 

Locomotive Length: 18.7m    Maximum speed: 133 km/h    Track Gauge: Broad

Spirit of Progress carriages
'Dining' Car, 'Parlor' Car, VAM Sleeper, Compartment seating cars 3AS, 4AS, 
1BS and 3BS, 1CS baggage car - all cars built in 1937 at Newport, Victoria

'Mitta Mitta' composite car built in 1955 at Newport, Victoria

Golden Princess

Escape completely onboard Golden Princess. Pamper yourself with a calming massage in the Lotus Spa® or de-stress as Serenity Stewards offer you refreshing beverages and light snacks in The Sanctuary®.  Providing you with a wide array of restful venues onboard, including the Piazza and Movies Under the Stars®, Golden Princess is truly a relaxed, rejuvenating retreat at sea.

Registry: London - United Kingdom 
United Kingdom     Built: 2001     Builder: Fincantieri, Italy     Gross tonnage: 108,865 grt

Passengers: 2,600    Crew: 1,100    Length: 290m    Beam: 26m    Speed: 22.5 knots



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A deposit of $500 per person is due at the time of booking. 

*Offer is not combinable with other promotions, is capacity-controlled, subject to availability and may be withdrawn or changed at any time without notice.  All fares are subject to the terms and conditions as set out by Cruise Express and its suppliers which may be obtained at the time of booking. All fares and inclusions may be withdrawn at any timeCruise Express reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions, and to cancel any product or service offered in the event of such error or omission. All timings are subject to change. Heritage rail equipment is subject to change. This tour is subject to minimum numbers being achieved, please ask your travel specialist for details. We strongly recommend you take out travel insurance at the time of paying your deposit.

Please note:

Heritage trains are not equipped with modern facilities to readily accommodate disabled or wheelchair bound passengers. At some destinations platforms may not be fitted with ramps or lifts for passengers with limited mobility to exit, while others may have a large step down from the carriage to the platform level.

There is no charge for direct deposits or payment by cheque. Credit card payments incur the following fees: 1.2% Visa & Mastercard / 3% Diners Club & American Express.



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