Victorian Goldfields Railway

 

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About the Route

About the Trains

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About the Railway

The Victorian Goldfields Railway (VGR) runs on the former Castlemaine - Shelbourne line. The section of line between Castlemaine and Maldon has been restored for tourist operation.

Approaching Castlemaine photo IMG_6191_zpseff8bcec.jpg

About the Route

The line from Castlemaine to Maldon is about 16 km and takes 45 minutes each way.

The train runs mostly through scrub and farmland. Generally, trains commence at Maldon and run to Castlemaine with an intermediate stop at Muckleford. On "Steam Trains For Kids" days, trains run Maldon - Muckleford only.

About the Trains

VGR has steam and diesel locomotives at Maldon. The following are in serviceable condition:

  • K160 - Victorian Railways K class steam locomotive
  • K190 - Victorian Railways K class steam locomotive (on loan from Steamrail)
  • J515 - Victorian Railways J class steam locomotive (on loan from Seymour Rail Heritage Centre)
  • J541 - Victorian Railways J class steam locomotive (on loan from a private owner)
  • F212 - Victorian Railways F class diesel electric shunting locomotive
  • Y133 - Victorina Railways Y class diesel electric locomotive (on loan from Seymour Rail Heritage Centre)

Maldon Locomotive Depot photo IMG_6249_zps1516f82a.jpg

The VGR runs Victorian Railways wooden bodied carriages.

When do the Trains Run and How Often?

Trains run on most Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (click here for running days). There are generally 2 return services from Maldon (1 from Castlemaine) (click here for regular timetable).

Can I Get There by Public Transport?

Yes! VGR departs from the V/Line station at Castlemaine.

A suggested itinerary for a Wednesday service (from Melboune)

  • 09:11 V/Line Bendigo train from Southern Cross to Castlemaine (arrival 10:46)
  • 11:45 VGR train to Maldon (arrival 12:30)
  • Lunch in Maldon
  • 14:30 VGR train to Castlemaine (arrival 15:15)
  • 15:30 V/Line train to Southern Cross (arrival 17:11)

A suggested itinerary for a Saturday service (from Melboune)

  • 09:36 V/Line Bendigo train from Southern Cross to Castlemaine (arrival 11:09)
  • 11:45 VGR train to Maldon (arrival 12:30)
  • Lunch in Maldon
  • 14:30 VGR train to Castlemaine (arrival 15:15)
  • 16:08 V/Line train to Southern Cross (arrival 17:43)

A suggested itinerary for a Sunday service (from Melboune)

  • 09:38 V/Line Bendigo train from Southern Cross to Castlemaine (arrival 11:09)
  • 11:45 VGR train to Maldon (arrival 12:30)
  • Lunch in Maldon
  • 14:30 VGR train to Castlemaine (arrival 15:15)
  • 15:58 V/Line train to Southern Cross (arrival 17:23)

 

 

 

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