On 17 July 2010 RM22 was officially revealed and undertook the first trips of the return of regular passenger services to the Healesville line.

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For many years we've all seen the signs at Healesville "Trolley rides today" - the first thing I noticed on approach to the station was the new sign "Train rides today" - a mark of the continuing rebirth of this railway corridor. A tribute to a very small but dedicated and hard working crew of volunteers.

These shots show a series of images of immaculately restored RM22 having been removed from the ARHS museum in Williamstown some years ago.

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Departure seen from Rail Tractor cab.

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Crossing the small trestle just outside the station.

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The first up passes under the (closed) road bridge at Donovans Rd.

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Donovans Rd Bridge again on the first down.

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Arriving back into the yard towards the station.

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Arriving back into Healesville Station

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Waiting to leave on the night trip.

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Drivers stand (up end)

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Passenger Compartment

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Guard's Compartment

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Parcel shelves looking into engine comprtment.

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Driver's stand (down end) with engine enclosure. Toasty warm this frosty evening but must get interesting in Summer!

A great way to spend an afternoon seeing this restored marvel and catching up with mates. Healesville has become a sanctuary of sorts for those people who for one reason or another have drifted away from PBR and I bumped into and chatted with many who have found a new meaning for their volunteering efforts.