I haven't had time to carefully read the Prospectus yet, but it certainly seems as though this a change forced by the VGR's successes to date. Good to see!
Valvegear (and others) it is true that the railway's success has led to this change but that is really only half the story.
When the CMRPS got going after the line was closed they envisioned that the railway would be a tourist attraction for Maldon - it was (and still is) a popular tourist destination and people would take the train from Maldon to the end of the line and return.
As more and more work was done the end of the line kept moving ever onwards until it reached Castlemaine after which over time more and more pax started their journey at CME rather than Maldon.
Now the best patronised are the (currently) 12.00 service CME > Maldon and the 14.45 Maldon > CME. The first service out of Maldon at 10.30 and the last service back to Maldon are nowhere near as busy. This results in a lot of empty seats on these services and full trains on the main 2 legs of the running day. It is quite a sight to see those 7 car trains full of people in the holidays but it is also a lost opportunity, if there were 2 return services per day from CME just imaging how many more people we could accommodate!
So the re-orientation project aims to capitalise on this by running services from CME to Maldon where most pax want to go. That way it is hoped that all services can be close to full instead of just the 2 in the middle of the day.
I wonder what those original members who had the courage and foresight to preserve and rebuild the little branch line would think of the VGR now, I hope they would be proud, but I do sometimes ask myself if they ever imagined it to be running out of Castlemaine rather than Maldon.
As always please remember that the above is my opinion only, i am just an ordinary member of the society and do not speak on it's behalf.