Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

Take your steam train experience to the next level

Ride with the Driver

Get up close and personal and experience the thrill of travelling on the footplate with the driver, see why steam trains capture the imagination of everyone no matter their age, the sights sounds and smells of a steam locomotive hard at work. A great thrill for all ages.


Some Conditions of the Riding with the Driver:-
To take part in the Ride with the Driver you must be relatively fit and agile with full use of arms and legs. There is no age limit as long as you are over 16. You must be physically able to climb steps into and down from the locomotive at ground level totally unassisted in case we do not have platform access.

The driver can and will use his discretion as to your ability to do this and under our Health and Safety requirements is obliged to refuse to take anyone who he feels is not sufficiently agile and mobile to manage in this environment. We cannot guarantee a seat for you on the locomotive so you must be prepared to and be able to stand for the duration of the trip.
So please make sure you are fit and agile before booking this activity for yourself or someone else. We would rather save the embarrassment of refusal on the day.
It's a wonderful experience but you must be aware it's a working industrial environment.

- Limited Capacity - please contact to check availability

Read what those who have taken up this unique opportunity have to say........

"I was privileged to travel for a short distance in the engine department or, as it is called, on the footplate. A very memorable, informative and rewarding experience which, in no small part, was due to the friendliness and the knowledge of the crew. A memorable and enjoyable day all round."

"Highlight of my day was the ride back on the foot plate with the crew."

" I got to ride on the footplate from Castlemaine to Muckleford which was a wonderful experience. It has always been a boyhood dream to ride on a steam engine. It has only taken me 68 years to fulfill that dream. Thank you to all for a wonderful day. we will be recommending this experience to all our friends."

"All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and one I would highly recommend to anyone with an interest in historic railways. Make sure, however, that you include the option to travel part of the journey on the footplate for a real sense of adventure. My thanks to all concerned."

"Whether its a rainy day or sunny the experience of riding in a massive steam train engine compartment and seeing first hand the effort these people have to go to, to keep these steam trains running is fascinating to see. The volunteers and their passion and experience makes this a step back to by gone days of steam and rail service."

This is a very popular experience so to make sure you can travel when you want prior bookings are essential. Ride with the Driver experiences are only available in conjunction with a regular train fare. Just remember that you must be over 16 and be relatively fit. Bookings through

Gift certificates are available from our online shop for all our experiences on the railway including Ride with the Driver.