Over recent months, we've been asked quite regularly about our current position on the proposed Monaro Rail Trail. Our position hasn't changed and we fully support the development of a walking and cycling trail within the railway corridor that is built to the side of the existing track formation, allowing for tourist trains and trail users to share the corridor. There has been a lot of talk about this concept, but unfortunately, there are some suggestions that a shared concept is not possible, and the only way to construct a rail trail is to completely remove the railway infrastructure [...]
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Over the last weekend, a delegation from CMR had the pleasure of attending the 2023 Australasian Tourist and Heritage Railway Conference in Victoria. Hosted in the stunning new Visitors Centre at Lakeside on the Puffing Billy Railway, we had the opportunity to hear from many of our colleagues from across the country, and discuss some of the challenges that we're all facing in the industry at the moment. We were also very proud to see our very own Safety Manager, Stuart Thyer, presenting a great piece on the lessons learnt from the development of our new Safety Management System. [...]
We are delighted to announce that the former Member for Monaro, Nichole Overall for Monaro has accepted our invitation to become the Patron of Cooma Monaro Railway. Nichole has been a great supporter of our organisation and we are all very excited to have her on board. With her background as an historian and her passion for the rich heritage of our region, Nichole was the perfect fit for our organisation, and we're honoured that she accepted our invitation. Her experience and guidance will be a huge asset for Cooma Monaro Railway as we continue to deliver on our [...]
Over the past few months, our team have been working through the cleaning and preparation work for the restoration of our Timber Bodied Refrigerated Box Van MBC22959. Before visible repairs could be commenced, decades of dirt, grease and oil had to be removed from the body, along with areas of rotten and damaged external timbers. This allowed us to access the internal structure and replace sections of rotting support structure, as well as addressing areas of rust on internal plates and bolts. In recent weeks, our resident timber maestro Daryl, has commenced the replacement of the exterior timbers which [...]
The perway team have been putting in the hours recently as we work towards the return of train operations at Cooma. Not only have the team been repairing track to allow our Rail Motors to traverse the yard, they've also been toiling away on a number of the Goods roads in Cooma yard to allow rolling stock to be moved to different locations around the yard. While replacing sleepers around the yard is already hard work (especially when over 30 years worth of oil and sludge has turned the surrounding dirt to concrete), replacing point timbers is a whole [...]
How time flies! Next week will be 6 months since our museum opened last December, and what an exciting 6 months it has been, with the arrival of Steam Locomotive 3203 and winning the award for Outstanding Visitor Experience at the recent Snowy Monaro Business Awards. Over the past few months, our volunteers have been working on a number of projects that will expand the current museum experience and allow visitors to get up close to some of our heritage rolling stock. One of these projects is the installation of access pathways, linking the Station Platform with other sections [...]
This week we have the pleasure of celebrating the vital role that volunteers play in community organisations across the country At CMR, we are blessed with one of the best group of volunteers in the country. They come from many backgrounds. They are young and they are old. They are diverse but they are inclusive. They are the life-blood of our organisation and they are the Change Makers that are helping to make our community a better place by providing an environment where everyone can make a difference. While we regularly celebrate the tangible achievements of our volunteers, we [...]
How awesome is it to see this beautiful machine back together at its new home in Cooma. Another successful delivery this morning as Australian Train and Railway Services arrived from Broadmeadow with the tender. Before 3203 is moved into its new shelter besides the goods shed, it will get a full clean and assessment by our volunteers while sitting on Goods Road No.4. Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen, Transport Heritage NSW, Transport for NSW and our amazing volunteers who put so much effort into the preparation for this huge arrival. Also, thank you to the [...]
What an exciting morning here at Cooma Monaro Railway Museum. Arriving shortly after sunrise, 3203 rode into town in the safe hands of Australian Train Movers and was unloaded onto Goods Siding No.4 by Cooma Crane Hire. What a sight it was seeing it suspended in the air and slowly lowered onto the rails at its new home in the Monaro. Our friends at Transport Heritage NSW have loaded then tender in Broadmeadow this morning and it is currently on route to Cooma, scheduled to arrive later this afternoon. [...]
The locomotive has been loaded and is currently on it's way southbound. Based on the current schedule, we expect the locomotive to arrive in Cooma during the early hours of tomorrow (Wednesday) morning with the crane scheduled to begin the unloading process sometime around 7.00-7.30am. The tender is currently scheduled to arrive on a separate truck during Wednesday afternoon. The museum will be open for visitors who would like to watch the unloading and get an early look at 3203. A public viewing area will be available within the yard. Public entry is only through the Station Building, where [...]