The team at Cooma Monaro Railway are always on the move, and while much has been achieved already over the last few years, there is plenty of improvements to come.
The goal of CMR is to produce a total visitor experience that will be a major tourism drawcard for the Monaro region. The station will house our museum collection, while the precinct itself will be open for inspection of the extensive infrastructure that tells the story of railway operations in NSW. Of great importance is the return of heritage railmotor operations on our track south to Rock Flat and beyond.
The following paragraphs highlight some of the projects that are underway as part of our comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for the Cooma Precinct and its associated Concept Plan for capital works going forward.
The Concept Plan details the proposed works and layout of the Cooma Railway Precinct as a holistic visitor experience and provides the necessary infrastructure to both display our exhibits and maintain our rail operations. Examples of planned works include a locomotive display shed at the station, the refurbished railway barracks for the use of our volunteers, and new workshop facilities for the maintenance of our Permanent Way (the track and associated infrastructure) and a dedicated rollingstock workshop to keep our rail vehicles in top operating condition.
Locomotive Display Shed
The Locomotive Display Shed is planned for the northern-end of the platform to exhibit both the restored gunpowder wagon and our allocated 19th century steam locomotive 3203 in a building that will both protect them and be sympathetic to the existing station buildings. Locomotive 3203 is a member of the C32 class that regularly ran the rails to Cooma and is currently in Broadmeadow pending completion of its preparation for display and delivery. The locomotive was entrusted to CMR custodianship by Transport for NSW’s Independent Funding Advisory Panel, and a grant for the shed design was generously provided by the NSW State Government.
Once 3203 is restored it will be relocated to Cooma for display. The 32-class were commonly seen on the Monaro’s rails for 70 years.