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Diesel Driver Experience

Branchline Goods Express

For 3 People

Ever though about sharing a Diesel Driving Experience? Well this package might be just the thing for you! Join with three of your mates in our Diesel Driver Experience for 3 and make a lasting memory that you can all share.

You need no previous railway knowledge or experience - we will teach you the basics of driving a diesel locomotive.
You will need to be over 18 and of reasonable health and fitness

Your Locomotive

Y Class Diesel Electric - in Victorian Railways Blue & Gold.

Y133 hauling a Goods Train

The day is all yours as you meet your friendly crew who will take you through the process of preparing and starting the diesel locomotive and putting together a typical freight train. As you sit high in the cab, you'll get to assist with shunting and then it's off to Castlemaine with you at the controls.

You'll feel the gentle vibration of the diesel engine and hear the throaty roar as the engine works hard up and down the hills. On the return leg, you'll get to swap places and assist the guard with safe-working duties and then monitor the train's progress from the guards van.

The locomotive hauling you'll be driving is an ex Victorian Railway's Y-class locomotive - similar to locomotives still in service on the mainline in Victoria.


The 750 Horsepower to Share Package is $1815 incl. GST

Included in the course fee is:

LUNCH - will be provided for each participant and their partner and can be provided for guests for a nominal fee.
One year's Membership of the Castlemaine & Maldon Railway Preservation Society.

When can the Experience take place?

The Diesel Driver Experience can be enjoyed on any day when we are not running passenger services, i.e not on Sundays, Wednesdays, Saturdays during School Holidays or on Special Event Weekends. Bookings may be limited during the summer fire danger period months (December - March).

What’s Involved?

With confirmation of your booking, you will receive a set of course notes to read through before attending the experience

The day starts at 9.30 am and is a full day experience.
First up familiarization and locomotive preparation.
Review & discuss training notes.
You receive instruction to enable you to safely operate the train under the supervision of our instructing driver.
You will undertake shunting of your train in Maldon Yard
You will drive the Y Class Locomotive with its goods train over about 8km of the Maldon and Castlemaine journey, each group members drives about 8km.
[A total distance of 34km]
By late afternoon you will have received your Certificate of Achievement, be tired, but very satisfied with your days efforts.

Further Information

Map & Line Gradient Chart of the VGR

VGR Map (PDF ~ 130Kb)
Castlemaine - Maldon Gradient Diagram (PDF ~ 25Kb)


Located near Maldon Station is Maldon's Eaglehawk Motel (ph 03 5475 2750). The VGR recommends this Motel should you be seeking accommodation.


"I wish to place on record how much I enjoyed the train driving experience on your railway last Tuesday. It was a most amazing experience indeed, one which I will never forget. I had driven trains before on a couple of previous occasions (again in Victoria), but the time I spent on the VGR surpassed them all! - Udaya Peeligama"

"I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone which helped out on Saturday. It was literally the second best day of my life (I have to say that right as I'm married!). - Tim Meier"

"VGR is just so different. I expected my first hour to be full of inductions, questionnaires to make sure I had understood inductions, sign all the disclaimers etc etc. Nope – just grab that oil can and start greasing son. Could not have had a greater experience. - Peter Wise"

"I cannot express what a fantastic experience I had driving the loco under that wonderful crew on the day. I did not expect it to be as good to be quite honest - I still talk about it with excitement. The level of professionalism you apply to running VGR is outstanding. Sharing the day with my family and friends was an added bonus - they had a ball And we are still talking about it."
Rob Gibb.

"I would like to express my thanks to your society for making this experience available. The experience has left a great impression, not just for me, but also on the rest of my family. I speak highly of your organization to all others that I have contact with and recommend the experience to them."
Des Alexander.

For more information

Please complete the Enquiry Form on our Contact Us Page

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