Overland future secured

A new three-year deal to fund the iconic Overland train service between Melbourne and Adelaide has been struck, providing certainty to regional jobs, tourism and travel for western Victorians.

The twice-weekly service has run between Melbourne and Adelaide since 1887, stopping at Murray Bridge, Bordertown, Nhill, Dimboola, Horsham, Stawell, Ararat and Geelong’s North Shore.

The historic 828-kilometre route is used by 20,000 people each year.

The service first ran as the Adelaide Express in 1887, before becoming the Overland in 1926. It is now operated by Australian tourist experience operator Journey Beyond Rail.