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: Due to Essential maintenance of our Steam Locomotive, we will be using our Heritage Diesel Locomotive to haul trains from Wednesday 18th May until Wednesday 25th May 2022 - We apologise for any inconvenience.

A condition of entry, all patrons over aged 18 and over must show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status unless lawful exception applies.

All of our seating is pre allocated. If you are traveling with family or friends who have booked separately, please let us know as soon as you book so we can organise for you to sit you together - via email to: info@vgr.com.au

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

  • 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 use our Request One Way Travel Form to organise One Way Travel - these journeys can start from Castlemaine or Maldon.

^ - PLEASE NOTE: Due to Essential maintenance of our Steam Locomotive, we will be using our Heritage Diesel Locomotive to haul trains from Wednesday 18th May until Wednesday 25th May 2022 - We apologise for any inconvenience.


Wednesday May 4th Normal Timetable - STEAM HAULED
Saturday May 7th Victorian Colonial Express
Sunday May 8th Normal Timetable - STEAM HAULED
Wednesday May 11th Normal Timetable - STEAM HAULED
Sunday May 15th Normal Timetable - STEAM HAULED
Wednesday May 18th Normal Timetable - DIESEL HAULED^
Sunday May 22nd Normal Timetable - DIESEL HAULED^
Wednesday May 25th Normal Timetable - DIESEL HAULED^
Saturday April 28th Ales on Rails & Excursion Travel
Sunday May 29th Normal Timetable - STEAM HAULED


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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