Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

Welcome to the Victorian Goldfields Railway; the authentic steam heritage train linking the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon in Central Victoria.

Enjoy a family day out or treat yourself and travel in our elegant first class carriages as you travel through the central Victorian Goldfields.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be running Sunday Services ONLY during October
With the covid situation as it stands, we're currently have trouble filling all the required volunteer staffing positions and want to ensure we can continue to maintain a safe and enjoyable experience for all our passengers. For the remainder of October, we'll be cancelling all Wednesday Trains (Excl. 6th Oct) and running Sunday Trains ONLY.


We are offering regional Victorians a 20% discount for all online bookings for travel taken during October so please use promo code OCT21 when making your booking.
**promo excludes group bookings which are already discounted.


Tickets must be pre-booked online and you must reside in regional Victoria (excluding areas in lock down) or another permitted area, to travel with us. In the event that restrictions are re-imposed, you will able to transfer your booking to another date or receive a refund.

Unfortunately we can't guarantee we'll be able to operate our Courtesy Bus from Maldon Station into the Maldon township every running day, however the town is a very easy 8 minute walk from the railway station. This is due to limited volunteer availability during the Covid Situation.




Check out this blog for things to do during your visit to Maldon

Things to do in Maldon


What's on this Week & Latest News

  • With the lockdown lifting, we're back up and running ready for this coming weekend.
    Tickets must be pre-booked online and you must reside in regional Victoria or another permitted area to travel with us. In the event that restrictions are re-imposed, you will able to transfer your booking to another date or receive a refund.


  • We have a revised one train timetable as we return to Covid Normal Operations - Departing from Castlemaine at 11.30am and Maldon from 2.45pm - Giving 2.5hrs in Maldon to enjoy it's many delights. - running on Sundays and Wednesdays
  • Bookings are required. - Book Online
    You can book online up until midnight the day before travel and you need only show your smartphone receipt at booking window - please contact us at info@vgr.com.au or 03 5470 6658 if you have any queries

ONE WAY TRAVEL Please contact us via PH: (03) 5470 6658 or email: info@vgr.com.au to book one way fares


Sunday October 31st Normal Timetable - Use Promo Code OCT21 when booking online to save 20% *
 * - 20% off Standard Fares for travel in October 2021 for regional victorians only. Promo excludes group bookings which are already discounted.
Wednesday November 3rd Normal Timetable
Sunday November 7th Normal Timetable
Wednesday November 10th Normal Timetable
Saturday November 13th Ales on Rails & Excursion Travel
Sunday November 14th Normal Timetable
Wednesday November 17th Normal Timetable
Sunday November 21st Normal Timetable


What Days do Trains Run?
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  • On all Sundays and Wednesday we have 1 return trip from Castlemaine to Maldon.
  • On Saturdays during School Holidays we also run 1 return trip from Castlemaine to Maldon.
  • On a variety of Saturdays through the year we offer special trains, including Ales on Rail, Movie Trains, the Victorian Colonial Express and other unquie experiences - check out upcoming events for more details
  • trains connect with V/Line fast trains to and from Melbourne at Castlemaine station. View V/line timetables - PLEASE ENSURE YOUR TRAIN WILL ARRIVE AT CASTLEMAINE BEFORE 11.30am
  • regular event trains run on many Saturdays. See Upcoming Events panel on this page for links to those. Note most event trains require pre booking.
Travel Suggestion... To enjoy a great day out, the 11.30am from Castlemaine gives you 2.5 hours to have lunch in one of the cafes or pubs and explore the lovely little goldfields town of Maldon before returning to Castlemaine in the late afternoon.

Which Ticket is Best for Me?

Excursion Class:
Great Family fun
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  • take the kids for a memorable day out
  • watch the world go by from your family compartment
  • open the windows
  • spot the kangaroos
  • listen to the engine huff and puff up the hills
  • children aged 3 and under travel at no charge

First Class:
When the journey is as important as the destination
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  • step back in time to an era of elegance and decadence
  • ride in Edwardian splendour or art deco elegance
  • purchase a drink from the fully equipped bar
  • end viewing platform on our parlour car
  • sorry we are unable to accommodate children aged 3 and under



Ride With the Driver
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  • get up close and personal in the engine cab

Drive a Train
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  • you can drive one of our heritage steam or diesel locomotives on your own private goods train
  • live the dream!
  • add to your bucket list

Any Questions?

Our FAQ page will answer most of your queries:
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