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The Royal Train

Attractions Castlemaine

Step aboard and travel back in time on The Royal Train.

The Victorian Goldfields Railway is bringing The Royal Train back on the tracks during Bendigo Art Gallery's, Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition.

This is your opportunity to travel like royalty in the same luxury restored carriages as Queen Elizabeth II from her epic 1954 Royal Tour, and Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1983. Back then Royalty travelled around Victoria on board The Royal Train and now it's your chance to do the same.


The Royal Train consists of five luxury carriages from the last century, two of which were built and used exclusively for Royal and Vice-Regal trains.

The experience will take you between Castlemaine and Bendigo in regal style. As part of the journey, passengers will move through the dining carriage and the sleeping quarters.

Choose to travel in either Royal or Champagne Class, one way or return.

Royal Class includes travel on both the Avoca Dining carriage and the Yarra Parlour carriage, plus access to both the royal State Carriages 4 and 5 used exclusively by royalty. Plus a High Tea with a selection of sweet and savoury treats and tea or coffee is included and will be served in the Avoca Dining carriage.

Champagne Class includes travel aboard the premier Spirit of Progress carriage, with access to both the royal State Carriages 4 and 5 used exclusively by royalty. Plus a glass of local Balgownie Estate sparkling cuvee and an Indulge Fine Belgian Chocolate.

Check out more details on each of the carriages below. Don’t miss out on this once of a life time royal opportunity.

Services departing:
Saturday April 20
Saturday May 25
Saturday June 15
Saturday June 22
Saturday July 6
Saturday July 13

While in Bendigo the Royal Train will be available to board for a self guided tour from $8pp

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State Carriage 4
Built in 1912, State Carriage 4 has been used to make up royal trains for several visits. In 1920, it was used by the Prince of Wales (later briefly King Edward VIII). The Duke and Duchess of York travelled with it in 1927, 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.

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

No refunds available
High Tea ticket holders please note due to the table configurations you may be seated with other guests or larger groups split.

Kennedy Street, Castlemaine