YVR - Yarra Valley Railway

 
  flathog Chief Commissioner

Location: Central West, NSW
You guys are doing amazing stuff, definately should be commended on your great effort

If ever I'm down that way I'd love to drop by and help with track-work!!!, I have a decent amount of experience doing so at Zig Zag Railway. Just have to remind me that the tracks a weee bit wider eh?  Wink

Tom

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  Thunda Junior Train Controller

Flathog, We'd love to see you (and anyone else from out of town/state) any time your in the area. And, yeah the tracks are a little wider.....sleepers a bit heavier etc.......... but it's all good fun. (who needs a gym membership.)

Relaxing with my Post Trackwork beer at the moment, and what a day/month....... In just 4 working days we have completely resleepered 38 mile curve. Didn't do a final count but it would be around 150 sleepers inserted, and all the old ones cleared/burnt. Who'd have thought that burning 100+ rotten sleepers would heat an old track plate close to white hot.... and at the same time dry out our shirts etc (drizzling for the arvo) when we're standing 10+ meters back!

This now means that the first Mile (!) of track from Healesville just needs some more ballast/tamping and it is all back to Class 2 Mainline Std! Things really moving along at the YVR.
  homebrand Station Master

Whats happening with the track on the Healesville side of Yarra Glen station? To my untrained eye the section beside the show grounds and into Herberts farm looks like it may have been prepared for some sleeper replacement? I only got a quick look as i drove past so it may have just been a very thorough clean up  Question
  spottyrahr Chief Commissioner

I'm honestly surprised with how much work has been done here lately. It's amazing. A few friends have been talking about it recently and are going to come up and have a ride. It's just fantastic work YVTR have done here.
  Thunda Junior Train Controller

Seeing as it's been mentioned....  

Over the last few weeks the first 1.5km (approx) of rail corridor from Yarra Glen towards Healesville has been cleared of excess growth, dangerous trees and weeds, along with the sides of the track having the dirt/ballast shoulder cut back to enable better drainage/easier sleeper replacement in the future.  

The works at this stage are aimed at improving the visual aspect of the line, reducing the fire risk, and in the future moving towards rebuilding..... (it's much easier to insert sleepers when all of the dirt/ballast/crud has been removed from the sides of the track.) Now when you drive from Yarra Glen to Healesville the railway corridor looks like a railway again! Rather than a weedy forest.
  jack_lives_here Locomotive Driver

Location: Witness Protection Program
I've seen a lot of burning off down that end too, between the racecourse and the new bypass road, I guess that was you guys too.

BTW, what's the go with the Melba Highway crossing? A lady at the Commonwealth Bank in Yarra Glen said the whole area (level crossing & T-intersection with Healesville-Yarra Glen Road) is being converted to a large roundabout to assist traffic flow to the bypass. I guess they'd have to incorporate the track through it, hopefully they're not going to try and cover it over.
  J516 Locomotive Driver

Location: Victoria
Mmm may the force be with the peoples of the YVR.

Driving past that section on Healesville-Yarra Glen road does look rather impressive. Can't wait to see the final product.

Some top notch work being done by all up there. Congrats
  J516 Locomotive Driver

Location: Victoria
For those that are interested.

On the YVR website you can now download their quarterly newsletter (Clickety Clack) from their website.

http://www.yvr.com.au

Not a bad read indeed.
  AclassGunzel Deputy Commissioner

Fantastic!
  W250 Train Controller

Location: Horsham, VIC.
More info on the Yarra Glen Truck bypass can be found on Vic Roads road project website follow link bellow!
http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/RoadProjects/MelbourneRoadProjects/EasternSuburbs/YarraGlenTruckBypass.htm

Hope this helps  8)  WinkSmile
  Serviceton_Kev Chief Commissioner

Location: Fecking here!
Having a look at the plans for that round about...what measures will be in place to guard the level crossing to protect trains? And who will pay for the level crossing signals...the YVTR or the council?
  jack_lives_here Locomotive Driver

Location: Witness Protection Program
Thanks W250, I never thought to check the VicRoads site (duh!!). Surely the signalling for the crossing would be either VicRoads or VicTrack's responsibility. YVR don't "own" the railway, they shouldn't have to foot the bill.

Was back out in Yarra Glen yesterday (first time in a few weeks after being off on crutches - hate the damn things!), the trackside cleaning and clearing from Melba Hwy all the way down past the racecourse looks really good. As someone already said, it makes it look like the railway is actually being used.

Although the bridge beside the intersection of Yarra Glen - Healesville Road and Armstrong Rd looks like its got a nice little ripple in it! Very Happy

*Edit* I do like the access road from the roundabout to the station on the north side of the line. Seems like a much better idea than the current station access down that dodgy little driveway off King Street!
  Thunda Junior Train Controller

Although the bridge beside the intersection of Yarra Glen - Healesville Road and Armstrong Rd looks like its got a nice little ripple in it!


This is just an optical illusion....... The bridge had a pile replaced recently, once the jacks were released the deck dropped back into place and is sitting correctly, but the 2 pieces of curbing on the outside did not leaving the 'kink'.
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

Took my son for a ride on the trolley today. It was my first trip up there also, great work being done guys. The ride on the trolley lets you inspect and view all the track and bridge work quite well, was very impressed! Thanks also to the running day volunteers, they do an excellent job!
  homebrand Station Master

Came through Healesville this arvo. Spotted W250 on an UP ballast train (well 2 wagons anyway Wink) crossing the main rd.  Great to see, if it hadn't been cold and raining I would've had a better look  8)
  perks Chief Train Controller

Location: Sunny Vic
Came through Healesville this arvo. Spotted W250 on an UP ballast train (well 2 wagons anyway ) crossing the main rd. Great to see, if it hadn't been cold and raining I would've had a better look  


Gee it was wet. I dont think i could have got any more soaked if i had of jumped in a pool!. Another 50 tonnes of ballast on the track, with more to go on tomorrow.
  Railfan9949 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere between Gembrook to Healesville to Seymour to Maldon
A little good news article on YVR from today's issue of "The Age"

Healesville on track to call back railway past

ON December 9, 1980, regular railway services between Healesville and Lilydale ceased after 92 years. For the 30 years since, a small band of volunteers has struggled to keep the old railway line in some form of working order.

''The tracks … they stayed serviceable for a while, but after a while the trips became unfeasible,'' says Brett Morton, president of the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway.

''If you're not continually replacing your sleepers, the tracks fall into disrepair.''

In recent decades, the tourist railway has run a small train ''trolley'' on special occasions, carrying up to 50 passengers a short distance from Healesville.

The ultimate battle - to get the entire Healesville-Lilydale line running again - is still many years and thousands of new sleepers away from being achieved. But at 3pm on July 17, a momentous victory will take place: Tourism Minister Tim Holding is due to launch the return of a regular timetabled service from Healesville to what locals call Tunnel Hill, almost five kilometres away and near the TarraWarra Estate winery.

To get the regular service running again, the rail society has painstakingly restored the tracks, and the collapsed Watts River Bridge with the help of a $100,000 grant from the state government.

Also making a return is Railmotor 22, which until 1980 ran regularly between Healesville and Lilydale.

In 2006 it was transported on the back of a truck from the Williamstown Railway Museum, and, over two years, it has been restored to mint condition.

The Transport Department also helped the volunteer group by supplying thousands of quality secondhand sleepers, made available by the department's suburban concrete sleeper replacement program in Melbourne.

After July 17, the railway will run on Sundays and public holidays between 10am and 4pm.

It will also operate during future school holiday periods from Wednesday to Sunday.

Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $8 for children (a family ticket will cost $28 )
"CLAY LUCAS"



"Photo: Rebecca Hallas"
  hotdogpants1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Here.
Yeah, I read that yesterday. Great job on the railway guys! Not long until I we be near enough to volunteer!
  Railfan9949 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere between Gembrook to Healesville to Seymour to Maldon
Since no one has posted it... And only just to put it out there as another option for those who wish to witness a major milestone being achieved.

On July the 17th at Healesville station, Yarra Valley Railway will be officially launching the Walker railmotor RM22 back in passenger services








Healesville - Pakenham road is located just just outside town, big road after a big bend can't miss it, which connects to Belgrave - Gembrook road at Cockatoo which is only 10mins drive from Emerald township and from Emerald it is only 15mins drive to Belgrave station *hint*
  Brendan03 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Since no one has posted it... And only just to put it out there as another option for those who wish to witness a major milestone being achieved.

On July the 17th at Healesville station, Yarra Valley Railway will be officially launching the Walker railmotor RM22 back in passenger services
"Railfan9949"


Is it accessible by public transport?

I know there's a bus service to Healesville from Lilydale station but I'm not sure where the coach stops.
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

How far will RM22 be operating services on the line?

I'd love to come for a visit and take a ride aboard this nicely restored unit one day in the future!
  r707 Chief Commissioner

Location: Here
Since no one has posted it... And only just to put it out there as another option for those who wish to witness a major milestone being achieved.

On July the 17th at Healesville station, Yarra Valley Railway will be officially launching the Walker railmotor RM22 back in passenger services
"Railfan9949"


Is it accessible by public transport?

I know there's a bus service to Healesville from Lilydale station but I'm not sure where the coach stops.
"Brendan03"


Catch route 685 from Lilydale, one of the timing points is Cnr Healesville-Kinglake Rd and Harker St, right outside the station entrance. Ding the stop bell as you go over the level crossing and you'll be fine.

On a Saturday your (reasonable) options are 11:40, 12:40 or 1:40 out of Lilydale, arriving 12:10, 1:10 and 2:15 respectively.

For the return, there's either 4:13, 5:13 and 7:38, all arriving at Lilydale roughly 30 mins later

EDIT: Linky to route 685 timetable & map
  Brendan03 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Since no one has posted it... And only just to put it out there as another option for those who wish to witness a major milestone being achieved.

On July the 17th at Healesville station, Yarra Valley Railway will be officially launching the Walker railmotor RM22 back in passenger services
"Railfan9949"


Is it accessible by public transport?

I know there's a bus service to Healesville from Lilydale station but I'm not sure where the coach stops.
"Brendan03"


Catch route 685 from Lilydale, one of the timing points is Cnr Healesville-Kinglake Rd and Harker St, right outside the station entrance. Ding the stop bell as you go over the level crossing and you'll be fine.

On a Saturday your (reasonable) options are 11:40, 12:40 or 1:40 out of Lilydale, arriving 12:10, 1:10 and 2:15 respectively.

For the return, there's either 4:13, 5:13 and 7:38, all arriving at Lilydale roughly 30 mins later
"r707"


Wow, Fantastic. Thanks!
  W250 Train Controller

Location: Horsham, VIC.
Well done YVTR and congratulations on RM22 return to passenger service!   8)  LaughingWink
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Since no one has posted it... And only just to put it out there as another option for those who wish to witness a major milestone being achieved.

On July the 17th at Healesville station, Yarra Valley Railway will be officially launching the Walker railmotor RM22 back in passenger services
"Railfan9949"


Well done to the YVTR for getting 22RM up and running. Will the walker be a regular on Sunday services from now on?

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