Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

Ales On Rails

The Ultimate Beer, Food & Steam Train Experience


2022 Dates (all Saturdays): 28th May, 18th June, 16th July, 13th August, 10th September, 8th October, 12th November

BOOKED OUT: 26th March & 30th April

Indulge as you are taken into a world of decadence.... first class style.... in 1920's era club and parlour carriages

As your steam train takes you through the countryside from Castlemaine to Maldon, you are taking another journey. Beginning with an easy drinking wheat beer you sample a range of specialty beers culminating in a rich chocolate porter. Light snacks are served by our stewards on the train. Tasting notes are provided.

You will enjoy a gourmet lunch at Maldon’s Kangaroo Hotel^^ and a beer from their extensive craft beer range is included.

For those who are not quite such beer enthusiasts we do offer alternatives; local wines, ciders and soft drinks.

Leave the car at home and travel by train. It’s a comfortable fast trip in modern Velocity services with V/line.

Whether you are a seasoned beer drinker or just want to explore some of the finest brews around, this is for you.

Get a group of friends together, it’s a great day out.

Your beers are sourced from Central Victoria’s finest craft brewers including.

* Brookes Brewery Bendigo

* Holgate Brewhouse Woodend

* Shedshaker Brewery (formerly Castlemaine Brewery)

* 40 Acres Brewery

* Tooboorac Brewery


*Leave Castlemaine Railway Station Platform 3 at 11.30am

*At Maldon 12.30pm to 3.30pm

*Arrive back at Castlemaine at 4.30pm


Fare includes all beers, lunch at Maldon (inc beer) and snacks on train just $135

^^dessert extra charge, vegetarian option available at Kangaroo Hotel

Connecting V/Line trains use fast Velocity services. Use your Myki card.

Visit the V/Line website for train details

Bookings essential & available online ONLY - BOOKINGS NOW OPEN

If you have a Gift Certificate please click on the button below and complete the booking form - Opening Soon

ALL BOOKINGS USING THIS FORM MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 48 HOURS BEFORE DAY OF TRAVEL. Reservations on day of travel cannot be made using this form. This is a request only. If the booking has been confirmed you will receive a booking confirmation email. If the date is booked out, you will receive an email or phone call to let you know of other dates where seats may be available.

Please advise us if you are needing a vegetarian or vegan meal, or if you have ANY special dietary requirements at the time of booking by emailing with your name, date of travel and details of meal requirements. We serve alternate meals on the day (you can swap with someone in your group), so if you have any concerns regarding the menu options handed to you on arrival, please advise your steward when you are seated.

Enquiries to

Sorry no concession fares and not suitable for under 18’s

If catching V/line services, check the timetable before travelling.

ALES ON RAILS is a great function venue.

We are now taking bookings for private hiring of the train on a date that suits you. This is a function with a difference. A number of social clubs run private Ales on Rails trips for their end of year break up. Everyone has a great time.

*Ideal for end of year staff break up parties

*A memorable way to celebrate a significant birthday.

The maximum we can accommodate is 60 people. Enquiries to