“Mechanics, electricians, carpenters, welders, boiler makers, painters, we have a role for them all. But experience is not necessary. We have many skilled volunteers who are keen to pass on their trade knowledge, to take time to show new volunteers the ropes.”
The YVR Mechanical Branch is based in the Healesville Workshop. The volunteers of the Mechanical Branch are responsible for the award winning restoration of the heritage Walker Railmotor 22RM and perform regular services of 22RM to keep it in operational condition. But there are more works going on in this Workshop than just mechanical servicing.
“We are preparing the YVR for future train operation between Healesville and Yarra Glen. The YVR Mechanical Branch restore and maintain the fleet of locomotives, railmotors, carriages, guard’s vans, wagons and not to forget about the fleet of trucks required to run the railway. We’ve also got to keep the Walker railmotor maintained and running. There’s lots to do, from basic mechanical inspections through to replacing the engine bearings on the diesel locomotive; we have fun doing it and it’s all so rewarding. We’d really like to welcome some more volunteers into the Workshop”
We are looking for welders, mechanics, carpenters, fabricators, fitters and turners, machinists, painters, trimmers or anybody enthusiastic to work, even if you have no experience, then please consider volunteering with the Mechanical Branch.
If you would like to learn more about volunteering with the Mechanical Branch, then please contact us, and indicate that you are interested in the Mechanical Branch and any experience you may have.