Day At The Track

Ride the Rattler to Redwood

09:06 PM 21 Jun 2016 NZST
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Get trackside this Redwood Carnival (Sunday August 7) via the Redwood Rattler, a “trots express” to Maryborough for the historical all-trotting harness racing meeting.

Get your caboose aboard and ride the rail as the train, bound for one of the most exciting meetings on the Victorian calendar, steams off.

Departing Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station at 8.25am, the Rattler rolls into Melton at 9.02am, followed by stops at Bacchus Marsh (9.16am) and Ballarat (10.15am) to take travellers to the famous Carisbrook Raceway.

The trip promises to be a social affair with an on-board café and a lounge car featuring a bar.

Passengers are also welcome to bring their own food on board the train.


On the track the day’s feature races are the Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic (Group 1), a time-honoured standing-start trot for two-year-olds, and the $75,575 Seelite Windows and Doors Victoria Trotters Derby (Group 1) for three-year-olds.

The train departs Maryborough at 6.25pm following a big day’s racing.

All passengers receive a ticket to the Redwood Punters Club, run by the “Carroll brothers”, who will be more than happy to impart some tips as the train keeps a rolling.

All aboard!


Note: Tickets must be pre-booked

Tickets on the Redwood Rattler cost $85 for adults and $45 for children (17 years and under)

Tickets include:
Return train ticket
Bus from Maryborough Station to Carisbrook Raceway
Souvenir cap
2-course lunch
Beer, wine or soft drink on arrival
$10 TAB voucher
$20 punters club ticket 

For more information contact Events & Sponsorship Coordinator at Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Jacinta Payne on (03) 8378 0212 or

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