A 13-year-old Kyneton boy has died after he was hit by a passenger train while crossing the tracks at Riddells Creek.
Police have been told the teen was crossing the tracks at Riddells Creek Railway Station in an attempt to change platforms at about 2pm Sunday.
He was hit by a Bendigo-bound train and died at the scene.
Police will prepare a report for the state coroner.
Ballarat Police Inspector Neil Cheney told Chanel 7 news the incident was a "terrible, terrible loss of life". He said the death appeared to be a case of "youthful bravado gone wrong".