Old face makes a return to O’Keefe Rail Trail

By Daneka Hill

A 70-YEAR-OLD railway wagon that narrowly survived being turned into scrap will make its return to Heathcote.

Originally used to cart bagged and bulk grain, fertiliser, timber and general products across Victoria, the wagon was found in a sorry state in Korumburra two years ago.

Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail president Garry Long said the wagon was transported the full three-hour journey from Korumburra to Axedale with the assistance of the Kirkland Gold community grant.

“Looking in very poor condition from being stored for decades at the Korumburra Railway Station yards, our group successfully submitted an expression of interest to Public Transport Victoria for this wagon,” Garry said.

Friends member Rob Jarvis approached the Bendigo Railway Workshops for restoration help and said he was “blown away” by the response.

“BRM’s Allan Nicolson and Mark Birchmore’s enthusiasm and willingness to assist was amazing,” Rob said.

“They even provided some of the wagon’s original manufacturing history.”

BRM helped with repairing severe metal rust, sandblasting and a full repaint, which transformed the wagon from a graffiti-covered yellow to the original Wagon Red.

With restoration now complete the wagon has been dubbed HY16625 and will be shifted by A2B Move It heavy transport to the O’Keefe Rail Trail at Axedale.