Business in Profile: Richmond Vale Railway Museum
Richmond Vale Railway Museum has re-opened following the devastating bushfire in September 2017. Sunday 4 March saw the Museum in operation again, with a short branch line that has been rebuilt thanks to massive support from the rail community and the general public. The rebuild of this line allows the Museum to run train rides again after the bushfire destroyed most of the unrestored historical rollingstock on-site.
“Over the last few months we have been working with Cessnock City Council and our friends in the railway fraternity to bring the museum back,” said Peter Meddows, chariman of the museum.
“We’ve had tremendous support from our volunteers, members of the public, kindred societies and railway professionals.”
“We are particularly grateful to significant companies in the railway engineering field, who have donated resources and labour to ensure that our museum can reopen for rail operations.”
“We still have a way to go, with a major bridge repair yet to be funded, but being able to run trains on our Mulbring Road branch demonstrates that we will continue the rebuilding process.”
“These short shuttle services will demonstrate to our visitors the extent of damage to the site and exhibits, but also show the work put in by volunteers and supporters to allow us to reopen.”
Volunteers will continue to work on repairing more of the track and the damaged bridge, so trains can run to Pelaw Main again.
The Museum has returned to the normal opening schedule of the first three Sundays of each month, plus school holiday Sundays. Special events are held through-out the year. Visit www.richmondvalerailwaymuseum.org or the Museum’s Facebook page for more details.
The Canteen has meals and snacks available for visitors, or you can purchase a memento of your visit at the Souvenir Shop, while other attractions include the Mining Museum and the miniature trains.
The Museum is in the old Richmond Main Colliery, Main Road 135, Leggett’s Drive in Richmond Vale, just a short drive from Kurri Kurri.
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