Victorian Goldfields Railway
Linking Historic Castlemaine and Maldon
A visit to the station and a trip on the steam train is a very enjoyable experience. The volunteers who have committed to restoring the engines and driving the trains are enthusiastic tellers of the station's story and the major part it played in the growth of the town.
The Maldon branch line opened in June 1884. The line included 13 timber bridges in it's 16.4km run to Castlemaine and originally ran 2 mixed trains per day. In 1891, an extension of 15.9km to Shelbourne was opened. Due to the decline of the town and the increased use of motor transport, the railway ceased operation in 1976.
The Castlemaine and Maldon Railway Preservation Society was formed 2 weeks after the closure and has worked to progressively restore the line, station building and rolling stock.
The station building caught fire in October 2009, however, trains continue to run Wednesdays and Sundays.
Wednesdays, Sundays & Public Holidays falling either side of weekends.
A Special Luxury First Class Carriage Service is also available for an extra touch of class
(also available for functions)
Steam Train for Kids – Great Family day out
Good Friday Wine & Cheese Train
Visit www.vgr.com.au for details of events
Note: on Steam Trains for Kids Weekends, trains run from Maldon to Muckleford, NOT to & from Castlemaine.
Castlemaine – Maldon & Maldon – Castlemaine
Return Adult Con Child Family
Excursion $35 $30 $15 $75
First Class $45 $40 $25 $100
Excursion $25 $20 $10 $55
First Class $35 $30 $20 $75
Depart Maldon, 10:30am – Arrive Castlemaine 11:15am
Depart Castlemaine 11:45am – Arrive Maldon 12:30pm
Depart Maldon 2:30pm – Arrive Castlemaine 3:15pm
Depart Castlemaine 3:45pm – Arrive Maldon 4:30pm
Please check regarding Wednesdays in December, as some Wednesdays may not have trains running. No Trains on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day. No trains during February.
Marketing Office (03) 54706658
On days of Total Fire Ban in the North Western Zone, no VGR trains will operate. On days declared 'Severe' (but not Total Fire Ban), a diesel locomotive or Rail Motor will substitute for steam. Diesel power will also substitute if steam is temporarily unavailable on any scheduled day.