Q Train, Drysdale to Queenscliff brings glamour back to rail travel in Victoria

The 1970s hit Old Time Rock and Roll is rocking the Q Train’s bar as we board at Drysdale, east of Geelong.

And this is no ordinary bar car. As well as stools it contains a small square of dance floor, lit from above by multi-coloured flashing disco lights.

A tourist train offers a trip into nostalgia, but it’s usually a journey to the Golden Age of rail rather than the pop hits of my childhood. But the Club Loco bar was once the disco car of the Sunlander, the Brisbane-Cairns sleeper train that was retired in 2014.

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