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Wally Williams of the Friends of Vaughan Springs aboard the miniature train

Wally Williams of the Friends of Vaughan Springs aboard the miniature train

3 weeks ago from Parks Victoria

All aboard the Vaughan Mineral Springs Reserve miniature train this Father’s Day

Wednesday 27 August, 2014

Vaughan Springs has had some special attention lately from the Friends of Vaughan Springs together with Parks Victoria. The Open Day is planned for Sunday 7 September where visitors can enjoy the peaceful surroundings and ride the historic train.

The Friends of Vaughan Springs recently reformed with the view to invigorating and beautifying the reserve which was formerly a large gold rush township called “The Junction’. This became a favoured alluvial gold and market gardening locality for Chinese miners. The Mineral Springs were discovered in 1910 and Vaughan became a popular health and recreation centre attracting picnickers and holiday makers.

Ranger Noel Muller says Parks Victoria welcomes the opportunity to work with the community in conserving Victoria’s special places. “The small train has been restored by Wally Williams and others and it will be running at the Open Day. It’s wonderful to see the Friends Group volunteering in the park and making these recreational opportunities available for visitors.”

The event schedule includes:

11am - 12pm Castlemaine Foundry Band

12.00 - 1.30pm Games including 3 legged race, sack race, Hobby Horse race, Egg and Spoon race and others

1.30pm Official opening of the train and track by Lyn Timmons, daughter of Brett Ireland who originally built the train.

1.40pm Train rides

Raffle tickets will be available on the day to support the Friends Group with ongoing planting, events and activities at the Vaughan Mineral Springs Reserve.

Vaughan Springs is  about a 15km drive south of Castlemaine. The park entrance is near the village centre.

To find out more about Victoria’s Special Places or joining the Friends of Vaughan Springs phone 13 1963.

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