WhereNewport Rail Yards
For the penultimate members meeting for 2019 our host will be the Newport workshops of SteamRail Victoria.
A short hop over the Yarra, the Newport Rail yards have stood on the same 149 acre site since the 1880s. This is a large and impressive place. Within the considerably sized sheds, the manufacture of Victorian Railway’s rolling stock continued until the 1970s, about the time of the blue ‘Harris’ trains. There is quite a collection housed here, including steam powered locomotives many of which were built at Newport. Along with these ‘Iron Horses’, restoration of passenger cars is ongoing. The mostly timber interiors, some with intricate detailing, require considerable effort to bring back to life. In some cases, rare or now unobtainable timbers are used.
This is the passion of Steamrail Victoria Volunteers, whose restoration efforts enables vintage trains to regularly tour Victoria’s rail network. So next time you thought you heard the ‘whooroo’ of a steam locomotive in suburban Melbourne – you probably did.
WHEN: Saturday November 23rd 2019. From 10:30 to 2pm.
WHERE: Newport Rail Yards. Enter via Shea Street off the north side of Champion Road. Follow till the road bends to the left but at this point turn right into the yards. Follow the drive along side the sheds toward and then past the clock tower, park in the bay on your left. Follow the signs. Drive slowly please, and any car pooling would be appreciated.
Check out Steamrail Victoria website: https://www.steamrail.com.au/
Get involved: https://www.steamrail.com.au/documents/SRV_Membership_Form_2019_Web.pdf
This is a working environment not a static display. There is some restriction on where you can go without a guide. There could be moving trains! ALL visitors must sign in and some safety instructions will be issued on the day. The location of your sign in point is the clock tower.
All are welcome, including friends and non VWA members.