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Maldon Experience - Saturday 9th September 2017
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Join Steamrail as we head for the historic goldfields town of Maldon. This steam train will take you back to the time when it was possible to “change trains” at Castlemaine for a branch line trip to Maldon.
 
The train will depart from Southern Cross and stop at selected suburban stations to pick up passengers. Our two steam locomotives R711 and R761 will work hard as we experience the glory of the “Main Line” with its many viaducts, hills, tunnels and hand built bluestone bridges. Once at Castlemaine you may like to explore the heritage signal cabin on the station, before departing for Maldon.
 
This branch line is now the Victorian Goldfields Railway (VGR). Over many years, the scenic route was lovingly rebuilt, once again linking the historic gold towns of Castlemaine and Maldon, through the beautiful Box Ironbark forest in a region that once saw some of the richest gold mining in Australia. In Maldon you can admire the quaint shop fronts and cottage gardens, pause to enjoy a Devonshire tea or hot soup, or browse in the antique shops. The smell of wood smoke in the air evokes the comforting cheer of the open fire.
 
THE MALDON EXPERIENCE
For those who choose this option you must change trains at Castlemaine to travel on to Maldon. Plenty of cafes, hotels and bakeries are available in the main street to purchase some lunch.
 
BENDIGO OPTIONS
At Castlemaine, stay on board the train as it travels to Bendigo for servicing. You will arrive in Bendigo at 11.20am and depart for Melbourne at 3.40pm. There is lots to see and do in Bendigo.
 
BENDIGO MINE EXPERIENCE TOUR
You will be picked up by coach at the Bendigo station and taken to the Central Deborah Gold Mine where you will be taken on a mine experience tour. Afterwards you will have a Crib Lunch at the mine, then board the 2pm Talking Tram for a full round trip bringing you back to the mine. You will then board the coach back to Bendigo station to meet the train.
 
BENDIGO CITY EXPLORER TOUR
You will be picked up by coach at the Bendigo station and taken to the Central Deborah Gold Mine to board the Talking Tram, alight at Charing Cross to explore the city and have a bite to eat (lunch at your expense). Re-board the Talking Tram and alight at the gold mine, where a coach will take you back to the Bendigo station to meet the train.

FIRST CLASS OPTION
Maybe you would like the experience of First Class travel and service. This includes lunch at the Maldon Hotel and VGR’s first class carriages Tambo and Macedon. You also receive a glass of wine and nibbles. This luxury option is limited to 48 people, so book early to avoid disappointment.
 
EVENING MEAL OPTION
Enjoy a hot package meal on the return journey. These will be available to pick up from Castlemaine station, before you board the train to Melbourne. These meals need to be pre-ordered and paid for on your booking form before the trip.
 
ON TRAIN SERVICE
Our on-train facilities include a kiosk, which stocks a wide range of light refreshments, sandwiches, souvenirs, hot and cold drinks. A licensed bar will also be open serving a range of wine, beers and spirits. Our courteous train officers will be on hand throughout the journey to provide any assistance to ensure an enjoyable and safe day. •
 
TIMETABLE INFORMATION - Subject to change, please check your seating allocation for final details.
 
7:40am SOUTHERN CROSS 7:45pm
7:45am NORTH MELBOURNE 7:40pm
7:50am FOOTSCRAY 7:35pm
8:02am SUNSHINE 7:20pm
8:15am WATERGARDENS 7:10pm
8:30am SUNBURY 6:55pm
10:40am CASTLEMAINE 4:15pm
11:20am BENDIGO 3:40pm
 

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