The Door

On Friday night Riley finished welding another trolley seat frame for 8W26 which is a trailer so there was no need to take any fancy measurements for it to fit an engine.

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The lengths of RHS on the top of the frame are for the next seat frame which will be for 8W27.

The plan was to paint and clad the frame with Timber but that didn’t end up happening as a slightly more important matter arose Saturday morning

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Something that has needed some attention for quite some time has been the gang shed door. Since the YVG rebuild the Gang shed in mid 2017 the side door had dropped quite a bit to the point it was scraping on the slab and getting quite tough to close. An attempt was made to correct this but this ended in the door falling apart.

So after a quick trip to get some timber, Fletcher began building a new door.

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And with a Coat of paint Sunday afternoon the Gang shed had a new door.

We’re around almost every weekend so feel free to drop by Maldon Station and see what we’re up to! Or even better if your aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG send Fletcher an email for more info – yvg@vgr.com.au

 

 

 

Young Volunteers Day

Below is a selection of photos from the Young Volunteers Day. Details in the captions

Fletcher smokebox writeing 3 Above: Fletcher Writing on the Smokebox.                                                           Below: Ryan Polishing Y133’s Number Plates.

Ryan Polishing Y133 number Plates

Loco Crew Pose infront of J549

Above: Loco crew Rebekah, Will and Fletcher pose for a photo prior to turning J549.                                                                                                                                          Below: Ryan eases J549 onto the train while Adision watches on.

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Tom stamping tickets

Above: Tom stamps the date onto the tickets pre-booked tickets                        Below: Ryan opens the brake pipe taps

Ryan Opening Brake pipe tapes

Kade cheecking booking numbers

Above: Kade checks in the first of the pre-booked passengers at Castlemaine  Below: J549 and Y133 await departure from Muckleford

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Adi waves J549 Y133 Away

Above: Adision waves J549 and Y133 away as the run around the train at Maldon                                                                                                                                      Below: Siahna has just collected the Staff from J549

Siahna Will collect the staff

Mini baz Cheecking tickets

Above: Brendan checks the tickets of some first class passengers                      Below: J549 Resting up after a long day while Y133 completes the evening shunt

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From all the Young Volunteers we’d like to thank everyone that came along. Without you this day would not have been possible!!

 

Catching up

Over the past few weeks, a lot has happened not only in planing and getting ready for the YVG operating day but also the Gang shed has had a bit of a remodel and a few other things.

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A new bench and shelves have been built. Over the next few weeks, everything will be organised and work on the trolleys will be back in full swing.

Last week Riley Repainted two of our Civil wagons NN125 and QB4

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And the weekend just gone the YVG begun on there next project.

20190927_134435 Repair and Repaint of 63BW. Here we see the cracks marked and the roof has been washed ready for patches to be applied and the roof painted

 

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Whilst Fletcher and Riley Worked on repairing and painting the Roof Ryan, Brendan and cleaned the windows and begun sanding the north side

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Tom and Adision also un tarped G828 in preparation for its repaint

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Stay Tuned for more photos from the Young Volunteers Operating Day.

We are around almost every weekend so feel free to drop by Maldon Station and see what we’re up to! Or even better if your aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG send Fletcher an email for more info – yvg@vgr.com.au

 

Young Volunteers Day

The Second Young Volunteers Operating Day was a huge success!!

 

Thank you to everyone that came along. Without you this day would not have been possible!!

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All the Young Volunteers did an amazing job today running the railway!!

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Stay tuned for more photos over the coming days.

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We are the “Future of the VGR”

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The Day Before

This afternoon a few of the YVG members washed Y133 ready for the big day tomorrow, Y133 with be helping J549 on tomorrows train.

There are still Tickets available for tomorrow. Book tickets online at http://www.vgr.com.au or buy tickets on the platform at Maldon or Castlemaine.

Trains Depart Maldon at 10:30am or 2:45pm and Castlemaine at 12:00pm or 4:00pm

Come along to meet the Young Volunteers and see them in action! Maybe you would like to get involved with volunteering as well!

We are always welcoming of new volunteers looking to work with other fantastic young people to learn new skills and develop new friendships. If you are between the ages of 16 and 35, you can ask them about becoming a YVG member on the day or simply send them an email to ask about volunteering: yvg@vgr.com.au

Make sure you’ve like the YVG Facebook page as we’ll be going live through out the day tomorrow!! www.facebook.com/VGR-Young-Volunteers-Group-2336268796594131

See you tomorrow!!

YVG Take Over

The Young Volunteers Group are delighted to announce that once again, on Sunday the 29th of September, the Young Volunteers Group will take the reigns and run the railway on their own for a day. This will be the second Young Volunteers operating day. Their first one in March was a huge success, so big that a second engine had to be added to the train to assist the steam engine due to the large number of carriages that were needed to accommodate all the passengers. It was one of the railways busiest days so far this year.

The young volunteers all loved working together to make the day happen. By the end of the day all the Young volunteers had huge smiles on their faces and there was a lot of positive feedback from the passengers who joined them.

Once again Young Volunteers will be carrying out all roles including driving, serving passengers, selling tickets and more. 

The Young Volunteers Group (YVG) work together as a great  team and love to hang out with each other. The group is a fantastic way to get involved with something a little bit different and do your part in helping preserve a piece of Victoria’s history, which would otherwise fade away. As well as learning new skills and doing your part to help bring something special to the community, the YVG is a great place to form friendships. 

Come along to meet the Young Volunteers and see them in action! Maybe you would like to get involved with volunteering as well! 

Book tickets online at www.vgr.com.au  

We are always welcoming of new volunteers looking to work with other fantastic young people to learn new skills and develop new friendships. If you are between the ages of 16 and 35, you can ask them about becoming a YVG member on the day or simply send them an email to ask about volunteering: yvg@vgr.com.au

Nearing Completion with a touch of Headboard

Last weekend our good friends from Steamrail Victoria ran there annual Maldon Goldfields weekender.

And with SRV around not much happened in the way of trolleys. The only project that happened was our friends from Steamrail requested that for the dinner train our steam locomotive J549 wore a Steamrail headboard and we were happy to oblige. So J549 is now fitted with headboard mounts.

With J549 now fitted with headboard mounts and our friends from Steamrail headed home that was the end of a long weekend.

Fast forwarding to this weekend Saturday was VGR’s AGM, so Friday night we set out to make VGRs first official headboard.

After drying overnight, We see the ‘AGM Special’ headboard waiting against the point lever for J549 to pause during shunting to have the headboard fitted.

With the AGM now over and YVG Leader Fletcher elected as a board member. J549 sits waiting in Platform 3 at Castlemaine while the members and volunteers headed over to the Railway Hotel for lunch.

With the AGM Special now back at Maldon 8W25 is seen sitting in workshop compound. Over the weekend 8W25 underwent testing around Maldon yard. with a few problems overcome 8W25 is very close to been completed.

We would like to thank those that have donated to help us reach our goal of $3000 to complete the restoration and return to service of our gangers trolleys. if you haven’t donated already and would like to click the link below. http://www.vgr.com.au/donations.php

We are around almost every weekend so feel free to drop by Maldon Station and see what we’re up to! Or even better if your aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG send Fletcher an email for more info – yvg@vgr.com.au