The Yarra Valley Railway is has commenced restoration of the Water Tower at Healesville Station. This water tower and water crane was used to refill steam trains with water but has been unused for a number of years, since steam trains were replaced by Railmotors in the 1960s.
This water tower is of local heritage significance, and is of such importance that the Yarra Valley Railway have received a grant through Heritage Victoria to assist with the restoration of this water tower.
The first stage of works involves stripping the peeling paint from the structure of the tower, followed by repair works. Scaffolding has been installed beneath the tower to allow safe access to both the structure and underside of the tank.
Once restored, the water tower will be once again used to refill steam trains, operating between Yarra Glen and Healesville.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and assisting with preserving history, visit our website to register as a volunteer today! No experience is necessary, just a passion for railway history and a willingness to be involved. www.yvr.org.au/volunteering