Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

Race the Train

The Goldfields Steam Train Challenge

A gravel and mountain bike race against the historic Victorian Goldfields Railway steam train between Castlemaine and Maldon.

We are pleased to announce that after a brief hiatus in 2018 the Race the Train: Goldfields Steam Train Challenge is set to return Saturday 16 November 2019 under the management of Sport Projects.

Up until last year the event was run by Cranked Up Events, under the guidance of Paula Ewing as a one-person show. After five years, Paula stepped down as organiser and sought new management for the event. Paula did an amazing job running and growing this event, almost entirely on her own. It’s a spectacular achievement. We are excited to take over such a well-established race and look forward to growing it even further.

Race Info

For all the information about the race, please visit


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Purchase Train Tickets

We are offering both First and Excurison Class tickets this year

Train will be running to a special timetable
Race train leaves with racers from Castlemaine Station at 11.00am

Arrival at Maldon. Who knows! Come along and find out!

There are 2 return trips from Maldon

Dep 1.00pm for those who want to get back quickly after a quick lunch. Arr Castlemaine 1.45 Excursion Class only

Dep 3.00pm for those who would like to spend some time in Maldon. Arr Castlemaine 3.45
First and Excursion.

Online Bookings for train tickets are now open

Please select First or Excursion class below to purchase.

You will need to ensure you have added both journeys (if returning to Castlemaine on the train) to your cart. As there are multiple options, please ensure you select the correct times for you.

Is is perfectly alright to book First class one way and Excursion the other, you will just need to process it as two seperate bookings.

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