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A number of activities are undertaken or initiated at Cooma during the quieter winter/spring months. In 2002 this included re-painting of the station building. The results of this undertaking are here for all to see.
The colours are heritage colours, replacing the previous scheme of cream, green and dark red (see photos in 'Home Base' and 'History' pages). In addition to the repainting, the awning over the platform and the beautiful decorative eaves were among the features to be renewed. The results are excellent, as you can see.
We hope that you will be able to see the station for yourself in the near future, and come on a ride with us into the bargain.
Seen Around Cooma station.
This section contains some photos of life and activities at Cooma station.
Cooma Railway Station Scales
The Cooma railway station scales have returned after some 23 years. They were purchased by the Cooma Historical Society when the railway closed in 1989 for the princely sum of $5. They have been stored ever since. Unfortunately the weights and a lever and bar are missing from the top of the scales.
The scales were given a clean and then a new coat of black paint. They were placed back in their position on the platform on Saturday 9/6/12.
A big thank you to the Cooma Historical Society.
Re-creation of the Signal Box Diagram
Graeme Henderson is a man with a wide interest in railways. He is an ex editor of the well known 'Railway Digest' magazine and was a member of CMR for some time. One area of his interest is signalling systems, and he has a hobby of re-creating the signal diagrams which adorn the walls of signal boxes. But let him tell the story of the Cooma diagram in his own words: 'After a period of approximately 20 years the diagram in the signal box at Cooma has returned to its rightful place - well sort of. The original diagram was stolen around 1992 and since that time the Cooma Monaro Railway has been running their CPH rail-motors to Bunyan and Chakola working the signal box off a photocopy of a picture of the diagram. Fortunately on my first visit to Cooma in 1987 (when the line was still open) I took a photo of the diagram in the box. About a year ago I decided to redraw the diagram from that picture. The diagram was redrawn, printed out and framed and on Saturday 7 May the signal box at Cooma was made whole again with the return of its diagram.'
A photo of the original diagram
Graeme looks justifiably pleased to see his work return to its home in the signal box
Our sincere thanks go to Graeme for donating this great piece of work to CMR.
January 2011 saw our second visit from a team from Conservation Volunteers Australia (under the auspices of the Office of Rail Heritage). This second CVA visit saw a larger contingent of volunteers than the first, and once again they achieved great results doing cleanup work that CMR finds almost impossible to get to these days. We will let the report in the local Monaro Post newspaper do most of the talking.
Following are three photos of the volunteers at work kindly provided by Eveline Dingly, the NSW Rail Heritage Project Coordinator of CVA Australia.
I think you will appreciate in the following photos, just what a comprehensive job of clearing that CVA did for us.
Kangaroos are part and parcel of life at the CMR. We often see them out between Bunyan and Chakola, sometimes bounding along the fences parallel with the train, to the delight of the passengers and the consternation of our drivers!
The other place where you rely on finding them is around the Barracks, before and after our daily operations.
Now on the day the volunteers left, we noticed that the horse that lives in the paddock behind the Barracks didn't have any water in the bathtub kept there for the purpose. It was a hot day, so Rob McCutcheon got a hose and proceeded to fill it up. The grateful horse took a drink and wandered off. Next minute four of the resident Kangaroos appeared, but rather than taking a drink, the first two jumped right in and lay down! Well, I guess that is one quick way to cool off.
The kangaroos come down into the railway yard from the nearby hill late in the afternoon. These visitors were in the way when the trolley was being put back in the loco shed on a recent afternoon.