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Royal to Maldon - Victorian Goldfields Railway

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To coincide with Bendigo Art Gallery's Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition, Victorian Goldfields Railway is bringing The Royal Train back on the tracks on 8 or 10 June and will take you from Castlemaine to Maldon in regal style.

Relive Queen Elizabeth II's journey from her 1954 Royal Tour. The newly crowned Queen travelled around Victoria on board the Royal Train and you can now experience for yourself. The Royal Train will consist of luxury carriages from the last century, two carriages built and used exclusively for Royal and Vice-Regal trains.

The journey is approximately 45 minutes each way with the service departing Castlemaine at 10.30am. You'll have plenty of time to explore the historical town of Maldon with the service leaving at 2.30pm.

Image supplied by Bendigo Tourism.

There are two travel options, Royal Option and Champagne Class. For the true royal experience, the Royal Option includes travel with High Tea. The High Tea is served in Avoca dining carriage accompanied by Yarra parlour car. A one-way journey is $90.00 or the return trip is $110.00. Champagne Class option includes a glass of local Balgownie Estate Sparkling Cuvee and an Indulgent Fine Belgian Chocolate on your journey. A return trip is $75.00 with $55.00 for a one-way journey.

As the carriages have been previously by royalty, visit State Carriage 4 and 5. Having been built in 1912, State Carriage 4 has been used for several visits during royal visits. In 1920, it was used by the Prince of Wales (later briefly King Edward VIII). In 1927, The Duke and Duchess of York travelled in it, followed by the Duke of Gloucester in 1934. The Carriage made up part of the royal train in 1954 for Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh and part of the royal train for Prince Charles and Diana in 1983.

Image supplied by Bendigo Tourism.

State Carriage 5 was built in 1951 with a royal insignia was painted on each side. This carriage features a kitchen, lounge/dining area, two main bedrooms with ensuite, two sleeping compartments and a third bathroom.

Also, you can travel on Champagne Class when The Royal Train departs Bendigo to Castlemaine on 22 June, 6 and 13 July. For further information about this experience, click here. During the Bendigo visits; The Royal Train is available to board for a self-guided tour from $8.00 per person.

Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to travel on The Royal Train on 8 or 10 June, 2019.
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Why? Travel like royalty from Castlemaine to Maldon
When: 8 or 10 June
Phone: 1800 813 153
Where: Bendigo Railway Station, Railway Pl, Bendigo
Cost: Royal Class: One-way - $90.00 per person, Return - $110.00 per person, Champagne Class: One-way - $55.00 per person, Return - $75.00 per person
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