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“Great piece of history”

Yarra Valley Railway
Ranked #6 of 9 Tours in Healesville
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Reviewed June 29, 2017

The Yarra Valley Railway is a unique olde world way to spend an hour or so when visiting Healesville.

On our trip we were lucky to have a fabulous conductor who entertained us with an interesting and amusing commentary. As we meandered down the track passing farms and bushland he highlighted points of interest and, much to the delight of kids on board, pointed out a group of well camouflaged kangaroos.

During the journey the train passes under a historic wooden road bridge then proceeds through a deep cutting before making its way through a brick lined tunnel that was built in 1865. The track only goes about 4 or 5 kilometres (taking about 15 minutes) before the train stops briefly and returns to Healesville Station.

The train - a Walker Rail Motor - is a great piece of history that apparently returned to the track in 2010 after a complete restoration. It's a single carriage that seats about thirty passengers. It departs on the hour 10am to 4pm Sundays and public holidays and on Wednesdays during school holiday. If you get to the station about 20 minutes early for your journey you can watch the train returning to the station (good photo op) and you'll also be in prime position to get on first and grab the best seats - which are up front next to the driver's cabin.

Fares, as at April 2017 were A$15, Ch$9, Conc$13 and Family (2plus2) $39. Tickets are sold at the station. The ticket office was also selling a small selection of train memorabilia when we were there. The station cafe wasn't open the afternoon we visited.

This piece of history is a credit to the volunteers who restore, maintain and operate the train and the railway. A ride on the train is a bit of fun and also a great way to support these guys and the restoration work they continue to do.

Thank Aljaye
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Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

Great fun and really welcoming and knowledgable volunteer crew. Kids were very excited to sound the horn. Looking forward to going back when the line is extended to Yarra Glen.

Thank Peter L
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Reviewed March 18, 2017

30 mins return journey on a small diesel is enjoyable for kids. My kids liked it. $39 for family is bit expensive for the length of the trip, but worth for a cause to help volunteers build and maintain the railway. A play area opposite to railway helps to do a picnic after a ride.

Thank Sioux_Lancer
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Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Excellent trip. The kids loved it. The staff are all very friendly and it's affordable for families. Make sure you get there early as it fills up fast and is only small. Will come again!

Thank N H
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Reviewed November 20, 2016

This is an amazing experience for anyone young or old, the rides are based at the beautiful Healesville Station and you board a cute little walker railcar (RM22) The guard really knew his stuff about the railway and pointed out many features along the line including the first 'cricket bat farm.' Beautiful trestle bridges, that you go over and under and a horseshoe shaped tunnel, which I hear is one of Victoria's last of the sort that is still in use. The people are really friendly and I loved how everyone got to go to the drivers cab to see how everything worked. The volunteers were really friendly and we also got a tour of the workshops. The railway will be amazing when it is restored out to Yarra glen. The prices are just right and it's well worth the drive.

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