On 17 July 2010 RM22 was officially revealed and undertook the first trips of the return of regular passenger services to the Healesville line.
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.
Departure seen from Rail Tractor cab.
Crossing the small trestle just outside the station.
The first up passes under the (closed) road bridge at Donovans Rd.
Donovans Rd Bridge again on the first down.
Arriving back into the yard towards the station.
Arriving back into Healesville Station
Waiting to leave on the night trip.
Drivers stand (up end)
Parcel shelves looking into engine comprtment.
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.