Works are complete on the Andrews Labor Government’s half-a-million dollar transformation of a historic goods shed into a workshop for the Yarra Valley Railway in Healesville.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today welcomed the new workshop, which will provide a space for volunteers to undertake repairs and maintenance for the tourist railway service.

Works included replacing the roof, restumping the building and installing new gutters and downpipes.

“Turning this goods shed into a repair workspace means the Yarra Valley Railway can continue to operate and preserve Victoria’s rail history,” Ms Symes said.

“This project will help keep the Yarra Valley Railway’s status as an iconic regional Victorian tourist destination.”

The Yarra Valley Railway is a volunteer group based at Healesville Station, which manages the Yarra Glen – Healesville line as a tourist railway.

The $500,000 Labor Government project was delivered by Victorian rail asset owner VicTrack, through their Annual Rail Heritage Building Program.

Expert heritage architects were involved in the project, with works carried out between February and July 2017.