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About Rail Paddle & Plate
Experience quality dining and the charm of travel from a bygone era with Victoria’s spectacular Rail, Paddle and Plate tour! The excitement begins onboard a vintage train that will take you on a scenic rail journey Ballarat. Enjoy a delicious meal the paddle ferry Begonia Princess as you cruise on picturesque Lake Wendouree.
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maj0rmitch wrote a review Apr 2018
Wyndham Vale, Australia8 contributions
The best non steam hauled trip on broad gauge. Caught train at Werribee heading to Ballarat via Geelong for a meal on the lake and return. Thoroughly spoilt by the crew all trip. A memorable day well worth the trip. Trip was made in Feb 2017. Sorry for late review as original did not process and just noticed. Thanks to all the staff
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Date of experience: May 2017
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Response from Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate
Responded 12 Apr 2018
Many thanks for your kind review, we worked extremely hard to create a marvelous experience for our passengers. Unfortunately this has now closed due to the rail gauge standardisation project that will prevent us operating between Geelong and Ballarat. Many thanks for your kind comments and hopefully we will see you on one of our other heritage tours. Regards Colin Kelly Secretary DERMPAV
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Lindsay B wrote a review Jan 2018
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DERMPAV ran a number of short trips out from Warrnambool station to the Westvic Sidings in conjunction with a visit to the local model railway exhibition. These proved very popular with locals and most trips were near capacity. The crew were friendly and all were made to feel very welcome. We hope they will consider doing the same next year. Thanks for the visit.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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ii_enigma wrote a review Apr 2017
Whittlesea, Australia65 contributions46 helpful votes
I booked this trip after seeing an advert on Facebook. Hubby likes trains, so I booked for our 29th wedding anniversary. We boarded at Newport and from the moment we boarded to the moment we disembarked, the staff were brilliant, tea, coffee and snacks provided onboard the train. A staff member then stopped past each set of 4 seats and explained the history of the engine and the history of the carriage. It turns out I had travelled on this particular train when it was operation on the Lilydale line, from Healesville to Lilydale. The carriage was restored and the timber has lost none of its character. I would advise this trip for rail enthusiasts and people interested in history. As we passed along the line, their were some wonderful buildings to be seen. Once we got to Ballarat, we disembarked and after a short coach ride, we boarded the Paddleboat Begonia. The setting sun was beautiful as we did several laps of the lake, enjoying an exceptional meal, considering the lack of space. The history surrounding the lake is wonderful, the boat houses and buildings. All in all highly recommended for service and value for money,
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Ron H wrote a review Mar 2017
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This is such a great day out. If you board the rail car at Newport then it is a 9 Hour return journey, so be prepared for that but you will have just the best time ever. The DERMPAV volunteers have this tour sorted and it runs like clockwork, full credit to everyone. This is a tour that everyone has to do, a real "bucket list" must do.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Response from Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate
Responded 18 Mar 2017
Hi Ron H Many thanks for your kind words and the tine you have taken to review our event, these are appreciated. We find these are a great guide to other potential customers that might wish to come along to enjoy a great night out. Regards Colin Kelly Secretary DERMPAV
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Rob C wrote a review Mar 2017
Melbourne, Australia39 contributions37 helpful votes
Spot on all day. Well organised and run and particular thanks to all the staff involved - Ken, Colin, Frank and the lovely ladies who kept us supplied with drinks and eats. On time at Newport station and given a tray of sandwiches and pastries plus tea, coffee, cold drinks as we headed for Geelong. Turn around there and a delightful trip to Ballarat. Bus waiting for us and a short drive to Lake Wendouree. A pleasant trip on the paddle boat and a great meal served with drinks, local wines and beer. Bus back to Ballarat station then our trusty rail motor returned us to Geelong and on to Newport. Along the way served with Baileys, chocolates and tea/coffee and cold drinks by the tireless staff. Congratulations to all involved - a great day out and highly recommended.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Response from Colin K, Manager at Rail Paddle & Plate
Responded 18 Mar 2017
Hi Rob C Many thanks for your recommendation and review our event, I will pass on your thanks to our staff involved that make this a successful tour. These reviews offer a great guide to other potential customers that might wish to come along to enjoy an afternoon/evening out. Regards Colin Kelly Secretary DERMPAV
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