Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway


Step back in time to an era of elegance and decadence, into the Golden Age of rail travel when the journey was as important as the destination.

Our first class carriages offer a unique rail experience. Choose from cosy compartments or open lounges. Enjoy a drink or snack from the bar served by one of our Stewards while you sit back and relax. Ride on the observation platform on our Parlour car and let the world drift by. Leave the hum-drum modern life and go back to an era when the journey was as important as the destination.

First Class

Our two first class cars are available on all regular trains.

Tambo built in 1919 is a fine example of Edwardian elegance featuring art nouveau fittings and dècor in cosy individual compartments and a large lounge with cane chairs and end viewing platform.

Macedon built by the renowned Pullman company in Chicago in 1928 is unlike any other carriage operating regularly today. Its art deco features, leather club chairs and bar set off with background jazz and other music from the era makes for a stylish experience you will remember.

You are free to move between the carriages during your journey.

Looking for the perfect gift?

First Class Gift Certificates are ideal for those who appreciate experiences rather than material presents. The premium gift package includes a cheese platter and drink from the bar to enjoy in the luxurious first class carriages. To really round off the experience why not add a footplate Ride with the Driver on one section for a small extra fare?

Gift Certificates are can be used for birthdays, a thankyou to someone special or a staff reward and are available from our online shop.

What people say - read some comments from other First Class passengers.

"We were well looked after by our charming attendant and felt as if we were in the lap of luxury in a previous era. We almost felt as if we were involved in an Agatha Christie novel with the art deco furnishings...truly beautiful."

"Steam train ride to Maldon and return was an absolute pleasure, enjoyed the wine/beer and cheese platter supplied, staff very knowledgeable, train ride was like taking a step back in time, would do it again in a heartbeat!!"

"It was a perfect day for us, brilliant service & wonderfully restored carriages. The engines were awesome! We loved every minute of our experience. We loved how we were able to walk around the carriages & not be simply stuck to one seat for the entire trip up & back. Thank you to all the staff for making our day a very special one that we'll always remember!"

" ---- on the return trip we stood on the viewing platform watching the train tracks and waving back to people who delighted in waving at the passing steam train. I got a great kick out of that. Great experience ...."

" The vintage train from Castlemaine to Maldon and return was fabulous.....All the volunteers who run this railway should be congratulated on their professionalism...."

" The steam train journey was so enjoyable - truly a step back in time - It was so relaxing just chugging along and watching the scenery pass by from our restored luxury cabin while enjoying a glass of wine. A great way to spend a day."

" Had a wonderful time.... Any train lover needs to experience the Victorian Goldfields Railway. It's a step back in history and a heap of fun. The cheese platter and glass of bubbly on an old train is nothing short of exceptional...."