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Clearing the way


With the station and yard back under control, we've turned our attention back to the railway corridor where our volunteers have been busy on the southern approach to Cooma station. They've done an amazing job clearing the vegetation and removing the build-up of debris. Once again, Caelan has been relentless as he continues to plough through some substantial growth, and the team have done a great job following up with preventative weed spraying to ensure that the railway corridor remains clear. And moving forward, we'll need it to stay clear. A very exciting announcement on that one coming soon ๐Ÿ˜‰ [...]

Clearing the way2023-05-02T17:36:01+10:00

Award Winning Roses


It was another successful year for CMR at the 2023 Cooma Show with two first place prizes and a second place prize for our beautiful roses. Our roses are grown around the railway precint and are maintained by our amazing grounds and gardens team who have done a fantastic job developing our gardens. If you enjoy gardening and would like to help us continue to develop this beautiful railway precinct, our volunteers are on site every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Drop us a message on Facebook or drop in to the Cooma Monaro Railway Museum. [...]

Award Winning Roses2023-05-02T17:24:15+10:00

Progress Update – Cooma Yard


It's been a big few weeks for our grounds maintenance team, who have been working hard on vegetation control to get the yard and railway corridor cleared after months of sun and rain. Its great to see the whole yard cleared, although, it does highlight the sleepers that our favourite CMR "Apprentices" will need to replace over the coming months. ๐Ÿ˜… A big shout out to Caelen who has been an absolute machine on the brush cutter over the past few weeks!

Progress Update – Cooma Yard2023-05-02T17:18:58+10:00

Powder Van PV22318 – Restoration Complete


With the weather we've had over the last 18 months, we were starting think that we'd never be able to complete this project, but we are very happy to announce that the restoration of Powder Van PV 22318 has been completed and is on display at the Cooma Monaro Railway Museum. These vans were used to transport explosive cargo around the NSW Railway Network, including the transportation of explosive materials to Cooma during original Snowy Hydro project. The restoration of the Powder Van was completed by our wonderful team of volunteers and included: ๐Ÿ”น Removal of the previous canvas roof [...]

Powder Van PV22318 – Restoration Complete2023-05-02T17:12:12+10:00

Display Stands – Tightwad Workshop


Being a volunteer run organisation, we are always looking for ways to make the most out of the limited resources we have, so we were super excited when the incredibly talented Ben from Tightwad Workshop reached out to share his skills and build us a set of produce display stands. By repairing, rebuilding and recycling, Tightwad Workshop is a master in working with what you have and "getting things done without spending a lot of money", an ethos that is close to our own hearts. We were super excited when Ben arrived in Cooma with the finished products (which were [...]

Display Stands – Tightwad Workshop2023-05-02T17:06:24+10:00

Making (or laying) Tracks


Our youth team, affectionately know as "The Apprentices", have been working hard over past few months, replacing sleepers on the No. 1 loco road between the Loco Shed and the Station. The boys have been growing in numbers over the past year and have had some great opportunities to work with different team members across all aspects of the railway, including how to replace sleepers and fix guage. Although they were down a couple of members today, the boys were able to insert and screw another 11 sleepers. It's great to see the next generation really embracing heritage railway and [...]

Making (or laying) Tracks2023-05-02T17:02:36+10:00

And just like that….We’re open!


What an amazing weekend. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support this weekend in celebrating the opening of the Cooma Monaro Railway Museum. We've had over 500 people through the museum over the weekend with people travelling from across the state to be here. It was great to see so many familiar faces and have the opportunity to reconnect with so many people who have played a part in the history of the railways in the Monaro. A huge shout out to all of our passionate, dedicated and hard working members and volunteers who [...]

And just like that….We’re open!2023-05-02T16:48:35+10:00

International Volunteer Day


Today is International Volunteer Day which celebrates the important role that volunteers play in our community. As a volunteer, not-for-profit organisation, Cooma Monaro Railway relies heavily on the hard work and dedication of our amazing volunteers for everything that we have achieved. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers in our community for their time, effort and dedication. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Without volunteers, our community would be a very different place. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and meet new people who share a common passion. For anyone who is interested in [...]

International Volunteer Day2023-05-02T16:48:43+10:00

A piece of history returns to the Monaro


It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Councillor Lynda Summers to Cooma Railway Station this morning to return an important piece of railway history to the Monaro. Lynda was recently able to acquire the original Nimmitabel - Bombala Staff Box from a private collection and has generously loaned the box to Cooma Monaro Railway for display in our museum. The Staff Box, originally located in the Signal Box at Nimmitabel Railway Station, was an integral part of daily train operations for almost 100 years. Know as the "Staff and Ticket" procedure, the driver was required to obtain the metal [...]

A piece of history returns to the Monaro2023-05-01T23:33:09+10:00

New Merchendise


Can't have a museum without merch. ๐Ÿงข It's only one week to go before we open our doors to the public on Sunday 11th December and we're busily putting the finish touches on the museum, including our lovely merchandise stand which is a throwback to the Railway Refreshment Room stands that sold everything from fresh fruit to tobacco and other items to train travellers. Make sure you grab some Cooma Monaro Railway merch when you visit the museum or if you can't wait till you visit the museum, all of our merch is also available in our online store: [...]

New Merchendise2023-05-01T23:29:18+10:00
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