Steam Train Driver Experience

Maldon and Castlemaine, VIC

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  • Authentic steam train experience
  • Drive the train yourself!
  • Help with shunting, steam management and driving.

The awesome power of a vintage steam locomotive will be in your hands as you progress through an exhilarating and memorable day with the expert crew from the Victorian Goldfields Railway.

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Why You'll Love This

What's Included?

  • Full day as part of a steam train crew
  • Lunch
  • Certificate of Achievement

The day starts off at 8.30am, with training and going through the manual with railway crew . You will then assist your instructing crew with lighting up the engine and getting steam to correct levels before shunting (arranging rolling stock on the line with the engine and connecting the loco to the goods train) in readiness for your trip to Castlemaine and return to Maldon. This is a total of 34 kms through state forest and farmland, along the historic broadgauge branchline linking the two goldfields towns. At Castlemaine the loco is turned on the turntable and reconnected to the train. On return to Maldon, more shunting is undertaken, prior to placing the loco over pit and putting it to bed. You'll finish this exciting day off by 5.00pm when you will receive your Certificate of Achievement. You may be tired and dirty, but you will have a sense of great satisfaction. Cost includes lunch on the day for two.

On the Day

Session Length

This experience is a a full Day from 8.30 am - 5.00pm.

This experience is offered on non scheduled running days and at the discretion of the provider.

A mutually suitable date is arranged with participants.

Numbers on the Day

The Driver Experience is for one person, but family members may attend and travel in the guard's van


While the program is not active during the official fire danger period, should a Total Fire Ban Day be declared on your arranged day, an alternative day will be organised.

Dress Code

  • Sturdy shoes and long trousers are required for the day.
  • Steam locomotives generate a degree of grit and grime – so dress accordingly.

Other Info

Prior to attending, a detailed set of conditions and a complimentary driving manual will be provided. Included will be a fitness statement, asking you to detai any relevant health matters we should be aware of. The conditions of participation are signed and returned to us prior to attending.
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Minimum age is 21

Participants must have a reasonable level of fitness and have a great deal of enthusiasm

No previous railway knowledge required