Travel and tourism

Walhalla Goldfields Railway needs volunteer train enthusiasts

Contributed/staff writer

A very popular part of a visit to the historic goldfields town of Walhalla by people of any age is a ride on the Walhalla Goldfields Railway.

WGR is a not-for-profit enterprise run by a small group of dedicated volunteers which attracts many visitors to Walhalla and the Mountain Rivers area.

With the support of the Victorian Government, WGR is building a self-propelled Rail Motor at its Workshops. This is an exciting and historic development, as it will be the first narrow gauge rail motor to operate in Victoria. It will enable the Walhalla railway to further support regional tourism by providing daily train services. However more volunteers are needed to complete the final stages of the work.

“We urgently need qualified volunteer tradespeople to help us finish this project,” said the President of WGR, Phillip Milbourne.

“We need diesel mechanics, fitters and turners, welders, carpenters and general handy people.

“After many months of no train income, we are still hurting.

“But we are now running again and looking forward to the future,” Mr Milbourne said.

“No matter whether you are interested in trains or not, volunteering with WGR is a great way to make friends and achieve something positive that will attract more visitors to Gippsland.

“It doesn’t stop there though. We have two diesel locomotives to restore, carriages to build, signals to install, new track work to set up and picnic areas to create.”

People who share the enthusiasm of the group for these developments, and would like to make a difference volunteering their skills, can contact the railway on 5165 6280 in business hours.

“You can be part of a great team of people who care about progressing the railway and increasing opportunities for tourism in Gippsland,” Mr Milbourne said.

“That inner child that wants to toot the train whistle is calling you to get on board!”


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