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Train option for next year's Echuca blues festival

Blues fans keen to take in next year's Winter Blues Festival at Echuca will have the option of arriving by train.

REBECCA KERR July 28, 2014 3:05am

The Detonators play at the Bridge Hotel at the weekend's Winter Blues Festival.


The Winter Blues Festival has come and gone but plans are already under way for a new experience next year.

Bay City Events will host the Winter Blues Train 2015 which will pick up festival goers from Melbourne and take them straight to Echuca on board Steamrail Victoria’s Spirit of Progress.

Bay City Events’ Hugo T Armstrong said the trip would be four-and-a-half hours of Australia’s best blues artists while relaxing and travelling through regional Victoria.

He said the experience had not been done before and he hoped it would bring a new crowd to next year’s Winter Blues Festival.

‘‘I genuinely hope it brings new people to the festival next year and it’s something special and unique,’’ he said.

Mr Armstrong said there had been interest in previous years from festival patrons to have Queenscliff’s blues train come to Echuca.

‘‘It all started, like all things with people saying wouldn’t it be great if... Wouldn’t it be great if we could get the blues train to Winter Blues,’’ he said.

Mr Armstrong said the train would stop at Echuca station but he hoped to bring it right into the port.

He said the heritage of the train would complement the port and would like to have the train open for the public to come inside and look.

‘‘We are very keen to see if we can bring the train right into the port,’’ he said.

‘‘Logistically it’s a huge undertaking but we have a year to sort it out, and see if we can bring it right in.’’

Passengers can choose from one way or return tickets, as well as a variety of extras.

The train will depart Southern Cross Station on July 24, 2015, and tickets are available now at www.winterbluestrain.baycityevents.com.au/

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