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Mt. Evelyn Station Murals and More

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published May 4th 2023
Feet and wheels have replaced the trains

Mt. Evelyn Station was on the Lilydale to Warburton rail line. Remnants of the station are still evident, now part of the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail.

Trail Sign.
Trail Sign.

A major section of the station platform has many painted bollards, the main one appearing like the station master.

Bollards.
Painted bollards.

Along the fašade of the platform are five circular plaques giving the history of "The Train to Warburton," "Flying Fox and Yabby Pond," The Spirit of Mt. Evelyn," Special Trains," and "The Station Master."

Mt. Evelyn Station Platform.
Mt. Evelyn Station platform showing plaques.


Mt Evelyn Station plaques.
Mt Evelyn Station plaques.

On the site of the former station master's residence is "The Station House" containing the Mt. Evelyn Library and Community Centre.

Station House.
Station House library.

Inside the library, a large photo depicts the station in the steam train era and a current view of the station house. At one external corner of the station house is a street library.

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Library photo of then and now.

Street Library
Street library.

Also in the library is a brick fireplace, the only part of the station master's original house that still exists.


Brick fireplace.
Brick fireplace.



An impressive feature of the Mt. Evelyn station is a series of large murals opposite the platform. There are eight, seven painted by students from local schools and one by Mt. Evelyn Scouts. The murals cover Mt. Evelyn's history from its original inhabitants to the establishment of the rail trail. A final sign gives the history of the mural project.



The Wurrundjeri - the original inhabitants of the area.

Bullock Teams and Timber. The first industry in the area.
Bullock Teams and Timber. The first industry in the area.


The Berry Farm.
The Berry Farm. Situated where you are standing.


The First Train.
The First Train - 1901.


Mt. Evelyn Scouts.
Mt. Evelyn Scouts.


The Aqueduct from Silvan.
The Aqueduct from Silvan.


The Army Camp.
Site of a WW2 Medical school.


The Rail Trail Development.
The Rail Trail Development.


Rail Trail development.
Rail Trail development.

The area is well-treed, and many birds were observed, the most numerous were noisy miners. One mud lark and magpie were the other avian observations.

Mud lark and magpie.
Mud lark and magpie.


Noisy miners.
Noisy miners.

Everything at the Mt. Evelyn Station revolves around the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. My observation is that cyclists are the main users of the trail and with the area past the platform being narrow, caution is recommended for walkers as not all cyclists are sedate in their velocity.

Bike riders on trail.
Bike riders.



I observed a few walkers with their dogs and a mother with her little one in a pusher, which indicates the trail is popular with locals for a short walk.

Walkers with dogs.
Walkers with dogs.

On the opposite side of the trail is the Outlook Community Park, with steps and a path leading through the bush to a playground.

Community Park.
Community Park.

A new-build structure is part of the Community Centre blends is nicely with the surroundings.

Community Centre.
Community Centre.

Behind the platform is Wray Crescent, a vibrant shopping strip where it is easy to find a coffee.

Wray Crescent.
Looking along Wray Crescent from the Station House.

You can stand on the Mt. Evelyn platform and visualise the first train passing 122 years previously and the last train passing 57 years ago.


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