Maldon Railway Station
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Austrália2 005 contributos
nov de 2022
The station was part of the Castlemaine to Maldon Heritage Line and had plenty of old time posters, steam trains and diesel engines and carriages. There was a team of volunteers working on them when we were there.
Escrita a 28 de dezembro de 2022
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Maggs S
8 contributos
dez de 2022
Loved the train ride return Castlemaine to Maldon and highly recommend the experience , step back in time for a glimpse of a forgotten era.
Staff were very helpful and always ready to have a chat.
If you are in the area this is a must.
Escrita a 18 de dezembro de 2022
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Peter S
Roma, Itália3 856 contributos
abr de 2021
Review covers Maldon Railway Station, Maldon, Victoria

The railway station was the second port-of-call in Maldon that morning. We’d taken the Midland Hwy out of town heading south for Melbourne then turned across country to link up with the Bendigo-Maldon Road. Five kilometres from Maldon we had come across a derelict remnant of goldmining that had begun in the district in the 1850s; that had once provided first the people and then the wealth which largely resulted in the township and the pattern of social and economic development that you see today. In fact, the abandoned dredge and dragline close to Porcupine Creek represents just about the last of >160 years of commercial goldmining activities in the district - working through to the mid-1990s before ceasing operations.
So, where was Maldon in all this ad hoc goldmining development? Maldon, remember, the most iconic of original gold field townships from 170 years ago – subsequently declared the country’s ‘First Notable Town’ in 1966 by the National Trust of Australia. A first is a first, however, and everywhere else comes second. Looking like a film set of the mid-19th century original – which is exactly what it is … apart from those modern cars, bright colours, cleanliness, dress and tourist features that spill out of the shops on to the covered boardwalks.
People have come and gone. Contemporary reporting shows >3,000 miners arriving in the district within one month of gold being found in 1853; this quickly increased to >18,000 miners. By 1861 the commercial population of the township had settled back >3,300 servicing >5,000 miners in the district. And, 160 years later – today - Maldon, as the township became called after its English namesake, is home to >1,500 people.
The railway station was further into town from Porcupine Creek and uphill and to the right of the road. It was an obvious place to pull-in; park right outside the station where we had the buildings, platform and marshalling yard to ourselves – couldn’t resist those heritage trains, rolling stock and infrastructure.
There was a fine old tanker steam locomotive parked on a short section of rail at the end of the platform – looking like a left-over from a kid’s playground from >50 years ago – before those places became more security conscious. Small warning signs were fixed to each side of the locomotive but, next the cab, there was a set of steps sufficient to encourage grandad to climb aboard. The signs presumably warning the kids off the rest of the locomotive. Fat chance – all those handrails.
Fifty metres along the line and on the other side of a high wire security fence there were a handful of locomotives and a train shed; crucially there was a prominent ‘No Entry’ sign targeting those casual visitors. But you could cross the tracks, peer through the fence and then loop back alongside the passenger carriages and rail trucks parked one-after-the-other – one of which was a two-level sheep transporter that dated from the 1950s - and then cross the tracks back to the station and climb on to the platform for that panoramic view of the entire railway setting.
The railway came to Maldon in the mid-1880s when a track was laid from the larger commercial centre of Castlemaine little more than 20 km SE of Maldon. Local inhabitants had been agitating for a rail-link for more than 10 years. During the period through to the mid-1920s – before commercial road transport began to dominate - the line had provided a reliable passenger and freight service: two trains/day for the first 40 years and, for a short spell mid-1920s, four trains/day. Thereafter the service declined. Passenger traffic ceased during the early 1940s with freight traffic limited to a single weekly train through to the mid-1970s when this service was also closed.
And there, things might have remained but for the interest and enthusiasm of a group of local people for all things ‘railways’ - the Castlemaine & Maldon Railway Preservation Society. It took them 10 years of voluntary work – rebuilding track, replacement of the defunct station at Muckleford, R&M of locomotives and rolling stock, promotional activities and gaining support from local communities and the state and federal governments. The work and effort resulted in the re-establishment of the original branch line from Castlemaine to Maldon; the Society had the basis of a working tourist railway that became known as the Victorian Goldfields Railway (VGR). Tourist trains started services with just the one kilometre of track, before extending to Castlemaine in 2004.
Check out the train timetable and fares shown at the station. There’s a weekly tourist train return journey Castlemaine – Maldon – Castlemaine for those pre-Covid-19 times that takes 45 minutes each way with turnaround time of a couple of hours or more in Maldon for that walkabout and a meal-with-a-view. Train fares vary between adults & kids and with choice of class - $50 for one adult in excursion class, for example. You can even travel in the cab of the locomotive (for an additional $45) with pre-booking essential (it says). Then there’s a handout offering you that original kid’s ‘when I grow up’ dream – you can drive the train. Whether the two offers/costs are one and the same is not clear – there was no one at the station to ask.
Live in rural Victoria and you’ll already know what the station looks like – built to a design that covers the state. Maldon Station, however, was in fine clean and robust condition at the time of our visit – locked up with no access to shops, toilets or people – but that’s probably par for the course on no-train days. The platform was a pleasant place to sit for a spell and look out over the marshalling yard. Next time we’ll target Castlemaine and that round day rail trip.

Peter Steele
21June21
Escrita a 21 de junho de 2021
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C...
Victoria, Austrália55 291 contributos
jun de 2021
The station was originally opened on 16 June 1884. Passenger services ceased on 6 January 1941, and after that the line was used for goods traffic until its closure in December 1976.

In March 1986, the station was re-opened by the Victorian Goldfields Railway (VGR) for tourist services...and that is what I stumbled upon today... the tourist railway. The staff were happy for me to walk through the carriages ...which were stunningly restored. I really must put the trip on my list of things to do at some point.

The station itself is in beautiful condition with operating yards... the points are not all clipped out of action, in fact, some are clearly chained to ensure that would be adventurers don't play with them. It's walking distance from the town, if you want to take a walk...but if you are driving... it's easy to stop with heaps of car parking area.
Escrita a 19 de junho de 2021
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Heather87
686 contributos
mai de 2021 • A sós
Usually I’m not one to get excited over train stations. In Melbourne and most of rural Victoria, once you’ve seen one you’ve seen them all. While it didn’t foster feelings of euphoria or evoke the same images from the 1900s in my mind as Castlemaine, this train station did have a strong sense of history about it.

It forms part of the Victorian Goldfields Railway and I found I could imagine travellers - sometimes a swag upon their shoulder, others vintage leather trunks - disembarking, dreams of making it rich in the mines dancing in their minds.

History aside, it has modern amenities including toilets and a kiosk with souvenirs. Toilets were very clean and I found a couple of nice souvenirs in the kiosk. Kiosk staff was very pleasant, too.

The other thing I like about Maldon station: playing with the tank engine! As a kid, I loved the traction engine that used to be at Arthur’s Seat; although two different types of trains, playing with the tank engine made me feel nostalgic for those pre-school years.
Escrita a 22 de maio de 2021
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Austrália27 003 contributos
nov de 2020
The train station was opened in 1864 and operated passenger services until 1941 and good services until 1975. As I recall it was from Castlemaine, once a week on a Monday and the train would be turned around and head back. This is an interesting old station with some tourist services to and from Castlemaine.There are a number of old carriages and equipment at the station all in various stages of deterioration. Has great potential but not fully utilized probably because of funding.
Escrita a 22 de novembro de 2020
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Michos65
Melbourne, Austrália220 contributos
nov de 2020 • Casais
Maldon Train station is an old fashioned station that place host to some wonderful old steam engines and a beautiful VR engine too. Old posters line the walls and you can take a trip from Maldon to Castlemaine twice per week. Right next door is Shopkeepers House. A gorgeous place to stay. Check it out as well.
Escrita a 17 de novembro de 2020
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Victorianlad
Melbourne, Austrália16 923 contributos
nov de 2020
The great news is that as of November 2020, heritage steam trains are set to again begin running on the Castlemaine - Maldon line after a disastrous period during which Victoria/Melbourne or both have been in lockdown (shocking state government).

Visiting recently on a weekday, the railway station was in pristine condition even though it was wet.

Diesel loco Y159 ran a mixed train transferring passenger cars and goods wagons to Maldon. This was unexpected and a bonus.

This is a terrific volunteer run organisation so please support it when trains shortly return after their prolonged absence.
Escrita a 14 de novembro de 2020
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platypus150
Melbourne, Austrália26 548 contributos
mar de 2020
Your main reason to come here would be to ride the Victorian Goldfields railway to Castlemaine. There is an interesting rail yard with many restored and awaiting restoration vehicles. Some rare locomotives can be found here. The station has a shop and public toilets. At the shop you can buy drinks, ice creams, snack, souvenirs and books.
Escrita a 12 de março de 2020
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BRavel
Saint-Etienne, França1 635 contributos
jun de 2019
Au bord de la route principale, la gare abrite de nombreuses locomotives. Le village de Maldon est le plus typique de la ruée vers l'or
Escrita a 10 de janeiro de 2020
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