Track Restoration | Yard Update

The equipment was putting up a fight this week but the first section of track restoration from the loco shed has been completed with the track re-gauged and new sleepers screwed into place.

Work is now progressing south towards the turntable where old sleepers (or the hint of where sleepers might have been) have been removed and a combination of over 60 second-hand sleepers and recycled transoms have been placed on to the track, ready to be installed over the coming weeks.

Having access to machinery has been a huge help in this process as we’re able to quickly move heavy materials around the yard and into place, allowing our volunteers to focus their efforts on getting the track back in place. Thank you to our members who have helped to make this possible.

One thing that is very important to us is ensuring that heritage railway in the Monaro is in great hands now and well into the future, so it’s always great to see our younger members getting hands-on experience in all aspects of railway maintenance and learning new skills, under the expert guidance of our experienced volunteers.


As we complete more and more sleeper restoration around the yard, we are quickly depleting our reserve of new sleepers. If you would like to support our track restoration efforts but can’t help us on the ground, contributing to our sleeper fund is a great way to help ensure that our team have the resources they need to continue this great work.

Contributions can be made online via 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 | There Is Track Out There

How good does that look? Our team of volunteers have continued their hard work clearing the railway corridor with another important section completed. It’s been hidden for a while but the line has now been cleared from the northern end of the yard, through to the Yareen Road crossing where the team have recently cleared a large section north of the road.

It really is getting exciting now as we push further toward Snowy Junction and take another step towards getting trains running on this section in near future.

There is still work to be done though, including:

🔹 Further vegetation control on the Snowy Junction end.
🔹 Replacement of select sleepers.
🔹 Dig out and clear drainage trenches.
🔹 Replace home signal.
🔹 Replace level crossing signage.
🔹 Paint and test level crossing equipment.

If you would like to help with this project, our team will be at the station on:

🔹 Tuesday’s 9.00am – 3.00pm
🔹 Wednesday’s 9.00am – 3.00pm
🔹 Saturday’s 9.00am – 1.00pm

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.

The home signal post (above) has failed and will be replaced with an authentic steel signal post, simiar to other signals in the yart.

Project Update | Getting Back on Track

Operating a heritage railway is no simple task and a huge amount of work has been taking place behind the scenes to get trains back on rails in the Monaro but equally as important (and exciting) is the infrastructure that we’ll be running on.

Over the past few weeks, our team of volunteers, assisted by our Work for the Dole participants, have commenced remediation work on the railway corridor between Cooma Station and Snowy Junction to the north. This 4.5km section of track will be the first phase of CMRs return to the rails.

Our team have been steadily working their way north from Yareen Road toward Snowy Junction by:

🔹️Clearing Vegetation
🔹️Removing Stray Trees
🔹️Clearing Rubbish
🔹️Spraying weeds

Once the corridor has been cleared, our track inspection team will be able to complete a full assessment of the infrastructure including:

🔹️Drains and Water Management
🔹️Sleeper Condition
🔹️Rail Condition
🔹️Road Crossings
🔹️Signs and Safety
🔹️Culverts

After so many years, it’s great to see the track emerge from the vegetation and we can’t wait to see our Railmotors trundling up through the cutting once more.

👉 If you would like to assist with the restoration of the railway corridor, drop us a message on Facebook. We have teams on track 3 days a week:

🔹️Tuesday 9.00am – 3.00pm
🔹️Wednesday 9.00am – 3.00pm
🔹️Saturday 9.00am – 1.00pm


If you would like to support any of our projects 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.