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The 1974 movie Murder on the Orient Express, with sleuth Hercule Poirot (Albert Finney), was arguably the best filmic version of Agatha Christie's famous novel. It showcased the amazing journey, the opulent carriages, eccentric characters and their incredible costumes.
For many of us, it turned us onto the idea of train travel as the quintessential travel experience. As I saw the movie when I was young, I've been trying to replicate the experience ever since on train journeys such as the Ghan in Australia.
But this Victorian train journey on the Victorian Goldfields Railway from Castlemain Railway Station comes close. Because of the ritzy carriages.
The journey starts with a welcome aboard glass of champagne. Then there's a short introductory talk giving some of the background and actual events that led Agatha Christie to write the novel.
She took the famous train journey in 1928 after her divorce. And was once marooned aboard for 24 hours because of flooding.
It was this experience and hearing that once the passengers on had been trapped in a blizzard in Turkey for six days in 1929, that motivated her to write Murder on the Orient Express in 1934.
On your movie experience night, the train slowly steams through the night to Maldon accompanied by the sights and sounds of the steam engine, the passing lights in the night, and the assorted passengers dressed to impress.
There's a fully stocked bar and stewards are on hand to offer a drinks and snack service that would have Poroit licking his moustache.
On the return to Castlemaine, watch Poirot solve the ultimate "whodunit".
The atmospheric Railway Hotel opposite the station in Gingell Street offers a 10% discount on their a la carte menu for passengers on movie nights. It's a leisurely 2-minute walk to platform 3. Dinner starts at 5.30.