Victorian Goldfields Railway

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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.
  • All our weekend school holiday trains feature on board kids entertainment.
  • 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 March 29th Normal Timetable
Saturday April 1stNormal Timetable NOTE FIRST CLASS IS FULLY BOOKED
Kids Entertainment on all trains
MELBOURNE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ALES on RAILS FULLY BOOKED
Sunday April 2nd Normal Timetable
Kids Entertainment on all trains
Wednesday April 5th Normal Timetable
Saturday April 8th Normal Timetable NOTE FIRST CLASS IS FULLY BOOKED
Kids Entertainment on all trains
MELBOURNE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL ALES on RAILS A few seats left. On line pre-booking essential
Saturday April 9th Normal Timetable
Kids Entertainment on all trains
Wednesday April 11th Normal Timetable
Friday April 14th
(Good Friday)
First Class TWILIGHT WINE AND CHEESE TRAIN
dep Maldon 7.30pm. Seats Available. On line pre-booking essential.
Saturday April 15th Normal Timetable
Kids Entertainment on all trains
Sunday April 16th
(Easter Sunday)
Normal Timetable
Kids Entertainment on all trains.
We recommend on line pre-booking to ensure a seat today.
Monday April 17th
(Easter Monday)
Normal Timetable
Wednesday April 19th Normal Timetable


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



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As featured in:
Victoria Top 100 Experiences