A restored 1950's vintage diesel locomotive will pull Victoria's historic Royal Train between Castlemaine and Bendigo. Photo: Courtesy Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
The Royal Train will be made up of five luxury carriages two of which were built exclusively for Royal and Vice Regal trains.
Services will operate between Castlemaine and Bendigo on Saturday's throughout June and July – the 15th & 22nd of June and 6th & 13th July, departing Castlemaine at 10.30 AM and Bendigo at 4.30 PM.
In addition, there'll be two services between Castlemaine and Maldon on Saturday June 8th and Monday June 10th, departing Castlemaine at 10.30 AM and Maldon at 2.30 PM.
The Royal Train will run between Castlemaine and Maldon on Saturday 8th and Monday 10th June. Photo: Copyright Ian Gill / Footloose Media
The Royal Train will be pulled by restored 1950's vintage diesel locomotives on the Bendigo services and by a steam locomotive on the Maldon services.
Guests will have the option of 2-classes of travel, Royal Class or Champagne Class.
Royal Class passengers will be served High Tea in the Avoca Dining Car on one leg of a return journey and travelling in the Yarra Parlour Car on the other leg.
Cost of the return journey is $110 per person and $90 for the one-way trip.
Guests on the Royal Train will get to see the sleeping accommodation used by members of the Royal Family during several tours.
Champagne Class passengers will enjoy Balgownie Estate sparkling cuvee and Fine Belgian Chocolate on one leg of the journey. A return Champagne Class ticket costs $75 and one-way $55.
During the trip, all passengers will be given the opportunity to move through the dining carriage and the sleeping quarters. The Royal Train was used by Queen Elizabeth on her 1954 Royal Tour and again by Prince Charles and Princess Diana during their 1983 tour.
One of the cars on the Royal Train, State Car 4, was also used by Prince Albert, Duke of York, and the Duchess of York during their 1927 Royal Tour.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent on State Car 4 during their 1927 Royal Tour.
Tickets for the Castlemaine – Bendigo services need to be booked through Bendigo Tourism online at www.bendigotourism.com or by telephone on 1800 813 153.
I travelled down from the UK to see my family and while in Australia I had the pleasure of riding on this train Castlemaine – Maldon to be honest it was awesome, I met wonderful people on the train and the staff where outstanding. the views from the rear coach was amazing, as you can imaging my camera never stopped clicking, the coaches well, it was like stepping back in time, awesome memory's of a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this experience. well worth the 12.500 mile journey 25.000 miles in all.