Train history

Our fleet of carriages were initially designed for the Southern Aurora overnight express passenger service between Australia’s two largest cities – Sydney and Melbourne. The darling of Australian travel at the time, the Southern Aurora ran from 16th April 1962 to 2nd August 1986.

First Class throughout, including specialty dining facilities, the Southern Aurora offered sleeper accommodation for comfortable travel.

The 34 stainless steel carriages featured fluted sides and consisted of roomette and twin sleepers, lounge and dining cars. A motor rail service was introduced in 1973 for passengers wanting to travel with their vehicles.

The Southern Aurora’s historic carriages were passed to the Australian Railway Historical Society (ACT) and Transport Heritage NSW (New South Wales Rail Museum) who maintained them in an operational condition.

In 2017, some of these carriages were sold to NSWGR Holdings Pty Ltd, which has undertaken the restoration of the first 4 twinette carriages at Lithgow Railway Workshops under the direction and care of Tim Elderton.

Join us to continue the legacy of the Southern Aurora!



SOUTHERN AURORA is a registered trademark owned by New South Wales Rail Transport Museum.
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