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VW Ganger Trolley Restoration


With school out for a couple of weeks, some of our Cadets took the opportunity to join our weekday team and continue work on the restoration of one of our VM Ganger Trolleys. This trolley has been completely disassembled and repaired both structurally and cosmetically. The team has been busy priming and painting all the components while learning about how the vehicle is constructed, with reassembly planned for next week. Once the mechanical work has been completed on drivetrain, this vehicle will go in to service with our track crew to assist with inspection and repairs on the track [...]

VW Ganger Trolley Restoration2024-04-19T12:15:30+10:00

Yareen Road Level Crossing Reactivation


Thanks to a huge effort from the team today, where the Yareen Road Level Crossing has now been reactivated. Check out this quick snapshot of our volunteers at work following by the exciting sound of bells with flashing lights. Today, the team were able to complete: 🔹 Removal of vegetation around the approaches 🔹 Painting of the control hut 🔹 Repairs to the roof of the control hut 🔹 Repairs to damaged wiring in the bell circuits 🔹 Painting of fences 🔹 Painting of light and bell housing 🔹 Re-install warning signs 🔹 Install new Railway Crossing signs 🔹 [...]

Yareen Road Level Crossing Reactivation2024-04-19T12:09:53+10:00

Project Update – MBC22959


The weather was fighting us for a few months over Summer, but our volunteers have made some significant progress on the restoration of Refrigeration Van MBC22959 with the final colours now being applied to the exterior. To get to this point, our volunteers have completed a huge amount of work, including: 🔹 Replacement of missing and rotten timbers on the exterior of the van 🔹 Repair and replacement of damaged or rotten wall structure 🔹 Replace missing or failed screws on exterior timbers 🔹 Descaling of the steel under frame and bogies to remove rust and build-up of debris [...]

Project Update – MBC229592024-04-19T12:04:33+10:00

100 Today – CPH #6


Happy Birthday to one of the stalwarts of CMR, our beautiful heritage rail motor, CPH No. 6, who turns 100 years old today. CPH rail motors were a regular site across the NSW rail network, including Cooma and it's great to see these units still operating today, 100 years after they were built! No. 6 is currently resting in the loco shed at Cooma Railway Station with the rest of our rail motor fleet, eagerly awaiting it's return to the rails, while our volunteers complete necessary repairs to our track.

100 Today – CPH #62024-04-19T11:51:09+10:00

ClubGRANTS – New Welder


Thanks to the generous support of the Cooma Ex-Services Club through the ClubGRANTS program, CMR were able purchase a new UNIMIG multi-process welder. The welder will become an important part of our toolkit and will assist our team of volunteers with a variety of projects, including restoration work on our heritage rolling stock, repair and maintenance work on our rolling stock as well as other projects around the railway precinct as we look to expand the visitor experience. It also provides an opportunity for our youth volunteers to further develop their skills. As we work to expand our miniature [...]

ClubGRANTS – New Welder2024-02-04T21:52:57+11:00

Defibrillator at Cooma Station


Thanks to a generous donation from Snowy Monaro Regional Council, we were recently able to install an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) at Cooma Railway Station. These devices can be the difference between life and death, and we are grateful to have been given this opportunity for our volunteers, visitors and residents of Cooma. While we hope it doesn't need to be used, it's reassuring to know that it is available. Thank you to Snowy Monaro Regional Council for your support.

Defibrillator at Cooma Station2024-02-04T21:54:45+11:00

Stronger Together – CMR Signs MoU with Friends of Bombala Railway


This weekend was a very exciting weekend for the future of railway tourism in the Monaro with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Cooma Monaro Railway and the Friends of Bombala Railway, establishing a join venture partnership to develop the Railway Pedal Cart experience in Bombala and facilitate the return of tourist trains to the region. The MoU provides a framework for our groups to formally collaborate on the establishment of both the Pedal Cart experience and tourist trains through the sharing of knowledge, expertise and resources. It also establishes a mechanism for our groups to [...]

Stronger Together – CMR Signs MoU with Friends of Bombala Railway2023-11-26T19:47:55+11:00

Update on outcome of SMRC meeting


On Thursday this week, Snowy Monaro Regional Council voted on a resolution to accept an invitation from Kristy McBain, Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, to apply for a $1M grant to commence the construction of a Rail Trail for a length of 3.5km from Bombala. Representatives from both Cooma Monaro Railway and the Friends of Bombala Railway travelled to Bombala to speak to Councillors during the Public Forum and express our support for the shared use of the railway corridor and express the benefits that could be achieved for the town by supporting all three projects. After amendments were made [...]

Update on outcome of SMRC meeting2023-10-21T13:32:43+11:00

Paybus FP11 Roars Back to Life


There were exciting scenes at Cooma Railway Station yesterday as NSW Railways Paybus FP11 roared back to life. Thanks to the efforts of Peter Duffy from Transport Heritage Australia, FP11 has taken another step towards it's return to operation with a successful mechanical shakedown to test the primary systems and identify further maintenance work that is required. Unfortunately, prior to the security fencing being installed around the railway precinct at Cooma, FP11 was a victim of vandalism on multiple occasions resulting in a number of broken windows and substantial graffiti around the exterior. Over recent months, some of [...]

Paybus FP11 Roars Back to Life2023-09-25T17:24:58+10:00

Back to the classroom


It was back to the classroom for our volunteers yesterday as we ramp up our training program to increase the number of people that are qualified in various areas of our operation. One of the exciting aspects of our recent training activities is that we've been able to use the recently restored Cooma Railway Institute building to facilitate our training. For decades, railway workers in Cooma would have used this space for their training and education, so it's great to see this occurring one again. We are still putting the finishing touches on the building restoration, but this space [...]

Back to the classroom2023-09-25T17:16:10+10:00
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