ANNOUNCEMENT | Restoration of Railway Institute Building and Tennis Courts

This week, we were privileged to host Nichole Overall MP at Cooma Railway Station to help us announce $310,000 in funding for the restoration of the Railway Institute Building and Tennis Courts. We also had the opportunity to show Nichole some of the amazing work that has already been completed.

Built in 1928, the Tennis Courts are an example of the “Ant Hill” surface, built using crushed termite mounds, that was commonly used in regional NSW. These courts will be restored to original condition and will be made available to hire for the community.

The Railway Institute Building, built in 1953, was a place where railway workers could be educated as well as a social hub for railway families to connect with each other. The building will be restored and upgraded including landscaping to the surrounding grounds and will be available to hire by the community for meetings and small functions.

The project also includes the installation of a large retaining wall between the Oil Siding and the Institute Building that will provide the foundation for new visitor walking path, connecting the platform with the northern end of the railway yard.

We can’t wait to see the work completed and bring these facilities back to the community. Stay tuned for progress updates….

The full announcement can be found here:

Preserving Cooma History – Nichole Overall – Member for Monaro

Project Update – Cooma Yard Track Restoration

The next stage of track restoration within Cooma yard has now commenced between the loco shed and the station platform. Sleepers will be replaced on both southern loco shed roads on to the through road and back up the platform road to the platform. That’s almost 1km of track.

This work will allow not only allow the railmotors to leave the loco shed but will also allow them to traverse between the  loco shed and the platform, allowing visitors to explore the beautiful machines whilst visiting the museum.

Degraded sleepers have been marked for the length of the section and will be replaced with a combination of new hardwood sleepers, second hand sleepers recovered from other parts of the precinct and reconditioned timber transoms.

Winter is a great time to work in the outdoors and our volunteers are working at the station every Tuesday and Wednesday 9.00am – 3.00pm and Saturdays 9.00am – 1.00pm. If you would like to volunteer some of your time to help with this project, please reach out on Facebook or send us an email at secretary@cmrailway.org.au.


If you would like to support our sleeper renewal project or just contribute toward the getting trains back on the rails in the Monaro, please visit our online store:

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible and will go towards the purchase of materials and services to support the great work of our volunteer team.

Project Update | Clearing the mess

It’s not pretty work but it’s important work and another important step toward bringing the precinct back to life.

This week we’ve had two teams working on clean-up projects within the precinct. As we’ve been clearing the yard and railway corridor, we’ve accumulated a large collection of scrap steal and rubbish which we’ve now been able to collate and send out for recycling.

Across on the northern side of the loco shed, another team have been painstakingly removing years worth of rubbish and debris that have been dumped in the ash pit on the second road. The rubbish has now been disposed of and the pit will soon receive some small repairs and fresh new coat of white paint.

Both of these projects were made much easier with the use of machinery which was kindly donated by our members.

If you would like to be part of getting trains running in the Monaro once more, please send us a message on Facebook or via email to secretary@cmrailway.org.au. Any help is greatly appreciated and you don’t need any prior experience.


All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible and will go towards the purchase of materials and services to support the great work of our volunteer team.

Project Update | 🌳 Landscaping and Gardens

Work on landscaping and gardens across the Cooma Railway Precinct has continued through February as we work toward bringing our museum concept plan to life.

Thanks to the generous support of Transport for NSW and Transport Heritage NSW, we received the first 50 of 100 Ornamental Pear Trees that will be planted around the perimeter of the railway precinct. These are the same trees that currently line Hilton Street in front of Aldi. The trees will continue from the existing line, inside the fence line of the railway precinct across to the Goods Shed entrance, past the tennis courts and along either side of the Bradley Street entry.

As these trees mature, they will not only enhance the exterior of the precinct but also help to create beautiful tree-lined pathways around the precinct and provide screening for ornamental gardens, BBQ and picnic areas that our visitors will be able to enjoy while visiting the museum.

A special thank you to Katrina Healy for the loan of her Kanga to assist with digging the holes for the trees, saving our volunteers many hours (and sore backs).

🌳 Want to get involved? 🌳

You don’t have to be a train fan to get involved with the Cooma Monaro Railway. If you have a green thumb and enjoy working with plants, why not come down and help with the development of our green spaces, ornamental gardens and soon, our fresh produce gardens. Send us a message on Facebook or contact secretary@cmrailway.org.au.


If you would like to support any of our projects or just contribute toward getting trains back on the rails in the Monaro, please visit our online store:

All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible and will go towards the purchase of materials and services to support the great work of our volunteer team.