“Showcasing the wines and produce of Victoria’s fabulous Bellarine Peninsula, The Q Train will be a unique tourism experience. We anticipate launching The Q Train in July 2017,” said Andrew Bridger spokesperson for the company that will operate the train on The Bellarine Railway in Queenscliff. “With the exception of the accommodation-reliant Indian Pacific and Ghan trains, Australians have not been able to experience fine dining with exceptional food and wine on a train since the 1980s.
“Our mission is to create a gourmet dining experience on the rails. Along with regular fine dining train services, The Q Train will also be home to other rail-based entertainment, themed trains, corporate event trains, specialist charters for weddings and special occasions.”
With its contemporary, former Queensland Rail SunLander carriages, The Q Train will be modelled on the internationally successful Napa Valley Wine Train in California. Passengers will ride in air-conditioned carriages fitted with contemporary décor, dining cars, bars, and dance cars and observation platforms.
“We anticipate that The Q Train will welcome 60,000 visitors annually; The Q Train promises to be a unique tourism experience originating from local Victorian regions, interstate, and internationally. The Q Train will be marketed world-wide using multifaceted publicity channels, with an emphasis on Social Media,” said Mr Bridger.
“Our operation will have important flow on benefits for the Geelong/Bellarine Region. The Q Train will encourage a significant annual increase in visitations to The Bellarine; directly benefiting regional tourism and hospitality providers, service providers, as well as local food and beverage purveyors. We estimate that the indirect jobs created by our service will be in excess of 50 people.”
When fully operational, The Q Train will employ a staff of approximately 25 people from the Geelong region providing on board catering, customer service, train operations, maintenance and administration. The carriages will be supported by specialist service vehicles providing on-train power, facilities for food preparation, storage and a full commercial kitchen.
“Working in partnership with the notfor-profit Geelong Steam Preservation Society (the operators of The Bellarine Railway), The Q Train will provide a direct economic boost to this voluntary operation,” said Mr Bridger. “By utilising the Society’s world-class heritage steam locomotive fleet, The Q Train will become a great experiential drawcard for visitors, especially those from overseas, where this type of experience is very popular.
This article was published in the Queenscliffe Herald January 2017
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