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

  • We strongly advise pre-booking on line as we can be very busy during holiday times.
  • Normal Timetable is 10.30 and 2.30 departures from Maldon to Castlemaine return and 11.45 departure from Castlemaine to Maldon return with two hours in Maldon for lunch.

Train running dates:

Wednesday May 24th Normal Timetable
Saturday May 27th Ales on Rails Booked out. Next Ales on Rails Train is Sat 29 July.
Sunday May 28th Normal Timetable
Wednesday May 31st Normal Timetable
Saturday June 3rd Murder on the Orient Express Movie Train On line bookings essential - Very few tickets still available.
Sunday June 4th Normal Timetable
Wednesday June 7th Normal Timetable
Saturday June 10th** Normal Timetable Holiday Weekend - No extra trains as previously advertised
Sunday June 11th** Normal Timetable Holiday Weekend - No extra trains as previously advertised
Monday June 12th Normal Timetable Queens Birthday Public Holiday
Wednesday June 14th Normal Timetable
 ** Unfortunately this year we will not be having Jazz music on the train as part of the Castlemaine Jazz Festival.

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 11.45 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

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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