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.


What's on this Week & Latest News

  • Until the end of February all our regular services will be hauled a by a heritage diesel locomotive due to summer weather conditions.
  • Please note our Summer Running Policy as trains may not run on days with a high fire danger
  • Normal Timetable is 10.30 and 2.45 departures from Maldon to Castlemaine return and 12.00 departure from Castlemaine to Maldon return with two hours in Maldon for lunch.
  • Bookings are essential to guarantee your seats - Book Online

Train running dates:

PLEASE NOTE:There will be a small fare increase from 1st January 2018 - view new fares
Wednesday January 10th Normal Timetable - Diesel Hauled
Sunday January 14th Normal Timetable - Diesel Hauled
Wednesday January 17th Normal Timetable - Diesel Hauled
Sunday January 21st Normal Timetable - Diesel Hauled
Wednesday January 24th Normal Timetable - Diesel Hauled
Sunday January 28th Normal Timetable - Diesel Hauled
Wednesday January 31st Normal Timetable - Diesel Hauled


What Days do Trains Run?
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  • steam trains run Sundays and Wednesdays and some holiday Saturdays.
  • choose from one of 2 return trips from Maldon to Castlemaine OR one return trip from Castlemaine to Maldon.
  • trains connect with V/Line fast trains to and from Melbourne at Castlemaine station. View V/line timetables
  • 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 12.00 from Castlemaine gives you 2 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

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, no prams, pushers or infants under 4 in first class



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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