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Maldon Weekender - Friday 18th to Sunday 20th August 2017
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Steamrail Victoria invite you to join us for this exciting event of overnight travel in beautifully restored sleeping carriages, as we travel to the goldfields town of Maldon. Our journey begins on Friday evening at Southern Cross station, picking up at Footscray and Sunshine stations before travelling on to Castlemaine. Enjoy falling asleep to the sounds of a steam engine working hard over the Great Dividing Range. Arrival into Castlemaine station will be in the early hours of the morning, where we will transfer on to the Victorian Goldfields Railways branch line. K153 will be eagerly waiting for us and will be added to the consist for a double header trip to Maldon. Listen out for the old clickety clack of a bygone era as we travel at a slower pace on to the beautiful town of Maldon. There will be stops in the early hours of the morning to take photos and listen to the delightful sounds of double-headed steam echoing through the forest. Upon arrival in Maldon we are greeted with an enjoyable country cooked breakfast. Here you have the choice to explore Maldon for the day with our Carmans Tunnel, winery and lunch option, or you may like to catch the train back to Castlemaine and join the V/Line train to Bendigo and explore the Goldfields town for the day and return to Castlemaine then Maldon, or remain in Maldon for the day, the choice is yours. There will be photo opportunities with mixed freight and passenger trains to bring out your inner gunzel. Lunch will be available in Maldon by wandering to the main street for a bite to eat in one of the many fantastic cafes or pubs this town has to offer.

MALDON CARMANS TUNNEL, WINERY AND LUNCH OPTION: For those who would like to explore Maldon, we have a great coach package available. Starting at the railway station our private coach will take us to Carmans Tunnel for a tour of the mine, then on to one of the district’s wineries to enjoy a tasting, before taking on a two course lunch at the Kangaroo Hotel. After lunch we visit more wineries before returning to Maldon on the VGR branch line train.

SATURDAY EVENING DINNER TRAIN TO CASTLEMAINE OPTION: Enjoy a relaxing ride to Castlemaine station on Saturday evening. Sit back and enjoy the sound of the locomotive working hard through the forest as the sun goes down over the horizon. Take in a beverage or two before we reach our destination, then it’s just a short walk to our venue for a two course scrumptious meal. We depart again at 9.30pm for a leisurely journey back to Maldon, completing our evening dinner train ride. We once again settle into our sleeping compartments for the only night in Maldon.

Sunday morning sees us on the Maldon station platform. Enjoy a country cooked breakfast before we set off for Castlemaine for the final time this weekend.

We remain in Castlemaine for a while, so the train can be transferred across to the main line for a speedy double headed steam ride back to Southern Cross station, finishing off an exciting weekend away.

Price per head includes all train travel on the Saturday between Maldon and Castlemaine (except Saturday night dinner train).

Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday are included in your fare.

TIMETABLE INFORMATION - Subject to change, please check your seating allocation for final details.

FORWARD JOURNEY
FRIDAY 8:45pm SOUTHERN CROSS

FRIDAY 8:52pm FOOTSCRAY

FRIDAY 8:59pm SUNSHINE

SATURDAY 12:25am CASTLEMAINE

SATURDAY 8:00am MALDON

RETURN JOURNEY
SUNDAY 7:30am MALDON

SUNDAY 1:50pm CASTLEMAINE

SUNDAY 4:30pm SUNSHINE

SUNDAY 4:39pm FOOTSCRAY

SUNDAY 4:50pm SOUTHERN CROSS

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