Walhalla Goldfields Railway repairs finished
Baw Baw News By Baw Baw Citizen writers // 16:49, Monday 3 June 2013
REPAIRS to sections of the Walhalla Goldfields Railway tourist line damaged by floods and fire have been completed.
Pictured: repairs are carried out to one of the Walhalla Goldfields Railway’s bridges.
Image supplied by the Walhalla Goldfields Railway.
The $50,000 repair project was funded by the railway and the state government.
Railway president Michael Leaney said in a media release the repairs, which included fixing damaged bridges and a structural drystone wall, said the repairs were challenging.
“The location of these works presented some substantial challenges, being located in a steep gorge and having all the equipment and tools transported in by rail,” Mr Leaney said.
The Puffing Billy Railway assisted the Walhalla Goldfields Railway in the repairs.
More pictures: Walhalla Goldfields Railway repair works progressing
Local MP Gary Blackwood said the repairs will give the line a “fresh start”.
“Completing these works has repaired the damage caused by several natural disasters in recent years and marks a fresh start for the Walhalla Goldfields Railway,” Mr Blackwood said.
“The Walhalla Goldfields Railway makes an important contribution to Victoria’s thriving tourism industry – it is one of the most recognised attractions in central Gippsland and a key component in the historic township of Walhalla,” Mr Blackwood said.
“It is important to recognise that the Walhalla Goldfields Railway is maintained and operated by a passionate and dedicated team of volunteers who contribute their time and efforts in keeping this iconic railway operating,” Mr Blackwood said.
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