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3203 (Part 1) Has Landed


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. [...]

3203 (Part 1) Has Landed2023-05-11T21:30:08+10:00

Locomotive 3203 is southbound


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 [...]

Locomotive 3203 is southbound2023-05-11T21:03:23+10:00

Winner – Outstanding Visitor Experience


What a huge honour tonight to win the "Outstanding Visitor Experience" award at the 2023 Snowy Monaro Business Awards. This is such a privilege for our organisation and a massive reward for all the volunteers and supporters that have helped us get to where we are today. It's difficult to explain how many hours and private resources are invested into developing and maintaining an attraction like this but it is absolutely worth it when we receive recognition like this. Thank you to Transport for NSW and Transport Heritage NSW for their continued support of heritage railway in NSW. And [...]

Winner – Outstanding Visitor Experience2023-05-11T20:55:48+10:00

Thank You Future Generation


A huge shout out to Future Generation today for assisting our team with the relocation of our shed frame from the rear of the Railway Institute Building, to it's new home in our Perway Depot. The size and weight of the frame was beyond our team and our machinery, so we reached out to Future Generation for some assistance and they were more than happy to help out. The shed will now be re-assembled in the Perway Depot, and will become our new flammable liquid store. This will also allow us to move forward with the final stages of the [...]

Thank You Future Generation2023-05-03T17:32:45+10:00

Steam locomotive 3203 coming to Cooma


We are extremely excited to announce that NSW Railways Steam Locomotive 3203 will arrive at it's new home in Cooma on the 10th of May after completing it's cosmetic restoration in Broadmeadow by Transport Heritage NSW volunteers. The locomotive will be transported by road from Broadmeadow to Cooma where it will be unloaded by crane and shunted into it's temporary storage shelter on Goods Road No. 3, on the eastern side of the Goods Shed in Cooma yard. Our volunteers are eagerly working on preparations for the arrival which includes the establishment of an access path that will allow visitors [...]

Steam locomotive 3203 coming to Cooma2023-05-02T17:37:44+10:00

New Rolling Stock Restoration Projects


We are excited to announce that Cooma Monaro Railway has been awarded a grant of $37,800 from the NSW Government through Transport Heritage NSW for the restoration of NSW Railways MBC22959, a timber bodied refrigerated bogie box van, and L759, a four-wheel riveted oil tanker. Both of these items will be restored back to display condition by our team of volunteers and will be put on display for visitors at the Cooma Monaro Railway Museum alongside recently restored Powder Van PV 22318. Restoration projects such as these play a critical role in the future development of our railway as they [...]

New Rolling Stock Restoration Projects2023-05-01T22:46:17+10:00

Snowy Junction


After clearing south of Cooma Station, our vegetation control team have turned their attention to Snowy Junction. The team have begun clearing the precinct around the Snowy Junction platform before they move on to the Railway corridor and make their way back south to Cooma Station. Located approximately 3.5km north of Cooma Station, Snowy Junction was the site where the former Snowy Mountains Authority sidings joined left the main line for the SMA yard across what is now Polo Flat. Snowy Junction consisted of a Signal Box, passing loop and siding that crossed the road to a second passing loop [...]

Snowy Junction2023-05-02T17:33:40+10:00

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 😉 [...]

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. 😅 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
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