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.

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  • 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 strongly advised to guarantee a seat, however tickets are generally available at stations on day of travel. - Book Online
    You can book online up until two hours before travel and you need only show your smartphone receipt at booking window.

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A nostalgic ride on the wonderful Victorian Goldfields Railway.

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Please Note: - We will now be running Steam Trains until 9th January 2019. With the prediction of High Fire Danger this coming summer season, the VGR will begin running Heritage Diesel Hauled Trains from 13th January (previously advertised as 19th December) until the end of February 2019 We do reserve the right to use a Heritage Diesel Engine at any time if the conditions are not suitable to the use of a Steam.

We are in a very high fire danger area and this is one of the ways we can help ensure the safety of our passengers, railway staff and local communities of Maldon, Castlemaine & surrounds.
- View our Summer Running Policy

Train running dates:

SUMMER SPECIAL Book online during summer and you can obtain a 10% discount. Only available until the 24th February 2019.
(Does not include group fares, Cab Rides, or special event trains) Use Promo code SUMMER10 during online booking to receive discount.

Sunday December 16th Normal Timetable
Wednesday December 19th Normal Timetable
Sunday December 23rd Normal Timetable
Wednesday December 26th NO TRAINS ON THIS DAY - Apologies for any inconvenience
Sunday December 30th Normal Timetable
Wednesday January 2nd Normal Timetable
Sunday January 6th Normal Timetable
Wednesday January 9th Normal Timetable
Saturday January 12th Maldon Twilight Dinner Train - Steam Hauled - Ticket for Dinner & Train or Dinner only available More Details
Sunday January 13th Normal Timetable - Start of Heritage Diesel Hauled Trains
Wednesday January 16th Normal Timetable - Heritage Diesel Hauled Trains
Sunday January 20th Normal Timetable - Heritage Diesel Hauled Trains
Wednesday January 23rd Normal Timetable - Heritage Diesel Hauled Trains
Sunday January 27th Normal Timetable - Heritage Diesel Hauled Trains
Wednesday January 30th Normal Timetable - Heritage Diesel Hauled Trains

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
  • 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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