Vintage Diesel Rail Trail Train Headed For Redwood Carnival

Vintage Diesel Rail Trail Train Headed For Redwood Carnival

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

All Aboard For Maryborough Harness Racing

Victor P Taffa

Racegoers will be travelling aboard a vintage diesel train to the Redwood Carnival at Maryborough this weekend thanks to funding from the Andrews Government.


“Country harness racing is a major employer and great tourist drawcard for regional Victoria.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

The Government is providing more than $15,500 to support the carnival, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program.

Maryborough Harness Racing Club is also providing $9,400, with Harness Racing Victoria contributing $4,350, and a further $1,350 being provided by local businesses.

Redwood Rail Trail train will depart Southern Cross Station at 9.30 am on Sunday 7 August and will stop at Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat on route to Maryborough.

“The Redwood Rail Train is a unique initiative and offers racegoers the opportunity to leave their cars at home and enjoy the Victorian countryside before a day out at the races.” Mr. Pakula said.

There will be seating for 220 people and a special club lounge with bar and snacks will be available throughout the trip.

Guests will be transported to the track by bus from Maryborough Railway Station and will receive free entry, a complimentary race book, a two-course lunch, a punter’s club voucher and Redwood Rail Trail cap.

“We are grateful to the Victorian Government for helping support the Redwood Carnival, which attracts harness racing enthusiasts from all over Australasia.” Maryborough Harness Racing Club Secretary and Manager Les Chapman said.

Departing Maryborough at 5.15 pm the train will arrive in Melbourne just under three hours later.

VIC Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

VIC Minister for Racing Martin Pakula









Standard price for the rail package is $140, however the club is offering a discounted price of $80. The carnival meeting runs over two days with races held on Friday 5 August and Sunday 7 August.

“The carnival is our flagship event and is the most unique, popular and successful harness racing event on Victoria’s provincial racing calendar.”

On-course entertainment will include live music and children’s activities. The racing industry in the Loddon region generates more than $166 Million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 1,640 full-time equivalent jobs locally.