Ales on Rails

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Ales on Rails

The only time it’s acceptable to drink on a train is if you’re taking the Ales on Rails trip from Victorian Goldfields Railway. You heard right, there is a train that is dedicated to serving you top notch beer and food in the comfort of decadent transport. (Think 1920’s era club and parlour carriage.) Travelling from Castlemaine to Maldon, this steam train races through the countryside and begins with sampling a range of specialty beers and rich chocolate porter. The trip also has beer experts on hand to chat to you and your mates about the different brews and the Victorian craft and micro brewers that are available. And if you’re not really into beer but you want to tag along, the cool stewards will offer you wine, cider, and more! You won’t be rolling down the tracks though, as they do offer you a two course lunch (with of course, more beer) at the Kangaroo Hotel in Maldon. Plus – you guessed it – more beer on the way home with cheese and crackers. The best part about this is that it connects with V/Line to both the Melbourne and Bendigo lines – ensuring that you can have a crackin’ time with no one having to be deso, because the car can stay at home! If you’re planning a bucks/hens day, a day out with mates or just because it’s the perfect excuse for you and your mates to drink during the day – get sorted for these dates:

14th of May – Next Ales on Rails departs Castlemaine Station from 11:30am and will get you back at 4:30 pm

And another winter-warmer for the 23rd of July, with may more during the year

If you are travelling from Melbourne, your connecting V/line train leaves

Southern Cross at 9:30am and returns to Southern Cross at 6:21pm.

If you are travelling from Bendigo, your connecting V/line train leaves at 10:30am and returns to Bendigo at 5:14pm. Use your Myki cards and enjoy!
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All aboard the beer train, am I right?