THE public are welcome to jump aboard a steam train travelling from Castlemaine to Bendigo today.

The train will be puffing its way across the countryside in a warm-up for a Melbourne to Bendigo journey in October, which will mark 150 years of the Bendigo line.

More than 70 people have already booked their seat on the vintage locomotive, but 50 spots still remain for those keen to travel back in time.

Those who are interested in either a one-way or return journey can purchase a ticket at Castlemaine station at 12.30pm for a 12.50pm departure.

The train will then begin its return trip from Bendigo to Castlemaine at 4.30pm. The journey from Castlemaine to Bendigo takes 35 minutes and is organised by not-for-profit organisation Steamrail Victoria.

Steamrail Victoria organiser Cathie Skelton said it would be an authentic steam train experience, despite the train’s steam engines being comparatively young at 60 years old.

“The carriages were built in the early 1900s and it’s the original route from Castlemaine to Bendigo,” she said. “It will be like travelling back 150 years.”

She said children and adults alike would enjoy the experience.

Covering old ground: The steam train will travel from Bendigo to Castlemaine today. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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