Lilydale Train Station
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The Lilydale VRI bar and museum, orginally opened its doors in 1914 and now sits under a heritage listing.
The VRI Lilydale station rooms were closed in July 2021 due to the level crossing removal project. We want the VRI to return and flourish once again and are working with the Yarra Ranges Council, VicTrack and local groups to make this happen. 

Members welcome!



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Station courtyard


Friday 30 July 2021 - last drinks!

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On Friday 30 July, last drinks were called at the Lilydale VRI. We thank all our long standing VRI members and Lilydale community for making this a special place over the last forty years.

Special thanks to John Smith and Darren Gloury who have spent every Friday for many years manning the clubrooms, without them none of this would be possible!

We had a visit from Yarra Ranges Life TV, watch their tribute to the 'last drinks' at Lilydale, with an interview with Darren and a tour of the clubrooms.

Yarra Ranges Life TV

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The station rooms are in the process of being packed and we thank all volunteers for their support during this time!

Saturday 10 August (this was postponed due to the lockdown)

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Watch the event thanks to the Yarra Ranges Life TV



5 May 2021 - Level Crossing Removal Project Presentation

Newcomers and regulars enjoy a drink at the VRI bar at Lilydale Station on Friday 30 April. Picture TAYLAH EASTWELL

Old and new members enjoy the last months at VRI Lilydale. Picture thanks to TAYLAH EASTWELL 30042021



We thank VRI Lilydale members and the Level Crossing Removal Project team for presenting the project works for the new Lilydale station on Friday 30 April.
We learnt about the new island station, pedestrian and rail bridge access  along with the works to be carried out to the current station building as  part of the heritage overlay, and how this will connect to the new station.  At this point we will need to vacate the building at the end of July 2021 as  part of these works.
We will continue our conversations with the newly formed VRI Lilydale project  committee, local council, VicTrack and community groups in the area regarding  our future use of the rooms after the completion of works in approx 18  months. 
Please register your interest to become involved and like the VRI Lilydale page along with joining the  private Preserve the VRI Lilydale group to learn  more about the history and progress of the future use discussions.

Thanks must also go to TAYLAH EASTWELL from Star Mail for joining us on  the night and for the article and images (above and below) Hidden bar not ready to call last drinks | Ferntree  Gully Star Mail (

Ryan, Alix and Robyn enjoy a Friday refreshment at the bar. Picture TAYLAH EASTWELL 30042021

Ryan, Alix and Robyn enjoy a Friday refreshment at the bar. Picture TAYLAH EASTWELL 30042021


8 April 2021

As part of the Level Crossing Removal Project, the Lilydale Station will now be relocated to the other side of Maroondah Hwy. What will this mean for the future of the VRI in Lilydale? At this point we are not sure!

Join us at the VRI Lilydale Clubrooms 4pm Friday 30 April to learn first hand from the Level Crossing Removal Project Team the plans for the site. See how the new will be built and learn more about the works planned for the current station and VRI clubrooms.

Please note, this will be a chance for members to learn more about the plans for the VRI Lilydale Clubrooms but the Level Crossing Removal Project Team are not responsible for the future use of the site, this will be subject to ongoing negotiations with VicTrack, Council and local groups.

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