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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Healesville Railway Heritage Festival 2010

The second annual Healesville Railway Heritage Festival took place on September 18 and 19, 2010, presented by the Yarra Valley Railway.

Many interesting displays and exhibits were enjoyed by hundreds of visitors.

The programme included:

- 30 minute trips on the restored Rail Motor 22 to the Tunnel and return
- Classic cars
- Steam Road Engines
- Blacksmith
- Wood Carving
- Wool Spinning
- Horses and Carriages
- Regional produce and beverages
- Steam Rollers
- Traction engines and machinery
- Fire engines
- Steam wagons
- Displays from the Healesville and District Historical Society. VicForest Highlands and the Yarra Valley Machinery Preservation Society

The Healesville Railway served the Yarra Valley for nearly 100 years, until the line was closed in December 1980.

A short time later the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway Society was formed.

Since July 2010, the railway is now running train rides on RM22 from Healesville to Tunnel Hill, crossing the Watts River, under the Donovan's Road overbridge and through the historic tunnel at Tarrawarra Winery.

The Society is working hard to rebuild the line from Healesville back into Yarra Glen - the short term objective is to reach Tarrawarra station.

Development plans incorporate

* Restoration of the line between Healesville and Yarra Glen
* Operate trains between Healesville and Yarra Glen
* Restoration of trains and commence train operations including a restaurant carriage to Yarra Glen
* Restoration of the remainder of the line from Yarra Glen to Lilydale
* Steam Train tours through the Yarra Valley commencing at Lilydale

The Society hopes that the recommencement of passenger trains will help to open up the region further to tourism.

Membership of the Society is welcomed. For further information, please - visit the Society's website at

See all of my Photos were taken on Saturday September 18, 2010.

The Festival was sponsored and supported by the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

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