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  • Sleepers for a greener future
    Restoring and maintaining railway infrastructure is a huge task, especially for an entirely volunteer-based workforce. With an average life-span of 10-15 years, the ongoing maintenance of track infrastructure using timber sleepers becomes even more difficult the further down the line you go. By the time you install new sleepers for a whole section, it’s time …
  • Getting Back on the Rails
    It’s been a long journey and almost a decade since trains last graced the rails in the Monaro but we’re definitely on the home stretch. While we are still working through our re-accreditation, our volunteers are starting to prepare for the day that trains will roll once more. Track from the loco shed is being …
  • Project Update | Signals & Interlocking System
    Did you know that the Cooma Railway Precinct will have the only original, fully operational Signal and Interlocking system remaining in NSW? Thanks to our friends from the CMR Signals Branch, we are well on our way to restoring this amazing piece of engineering back to its former glory. For those who aren’t familiar with …
  • New Arrivals
    The last few weeks of 2021 were exciting for CMR as we took delivery of more rolling stock from the NSW State Collection. This included two items that will play a pivotal role in the restoration and maintenance of our track infrastructure: 🔹 40ft Bogie Flat Wagon🔹 MHG Guards Van While both items will be …
  • Project Update | Powder Van Restoration
    With a reprieve from the recent inclement weather, the team were able to make a start on the restoration of the PV 22318 Powder Van. Arriving in 2011 after initial restoration by the RailCorp apprentices, the Powder Van has taken pride of place on the on the platform at Cooma Railway Station with its internal …
  • Treasure Transoms
    A vital element in bolstering CMR’s return to the rails arrived in the Cooma railway freight yard today. A heavy haulage trio of trucks has delivered 320 bridge transoms that have been recycled from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, courtesy of the NSW Government, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Sydney Trains. The transoms became available as …
  • Quads, Sheds and Coffee
    A Wheel Blast: This week we look at why the track quad vehicle has shiny rims, we move beyond the rafters to the battens at the loco shed, the sleepers continue to multiply under the track in the yard, and the best coffee is keeping our volunteers braced against the Cooma winter! The track maintenance …