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28 March 2021

Steel-Strengthened Bond: CMR’s custodian-commitment to 19th century NSW steam locomotive 3203 is now bonded in steel, following the cutting and welding of metal this week for the temporary loco protective shelter.

Blaze of Glory: Gordon and Dave H weld a footplate to a new upright for the loco shelter ahead of the delivery of steam locomotive 3203 for static display. (CMR photo)

The P Class locomotive is nearing the completion of its static restoration at Broadmeadow and will soon be transferred to Cooma for exhibition under arrangements with Transport for NSW Independent Funding Advisory Panel (IFAP) and Transport Heritage NSW. To ensure the protection of the heritage engine, CMR is building a temporary shelter alongside the existing Goods Shed ahead of the construction of the permanent brick, glass, and steel rollingstock display building, that is likewise progressing towards construction.

Metal-Minded: Esther works as a machinist, preparing footplates for the new temporary loco shelter. (CMR photo)

As announced last year, CMR already has approved architect’s concept drawings for the new display building. The engineering designs should be completed within the next few weeks, and the architect can then complete the building plans. CMR will subsequently apply for funding for the state-owned shed, located on state-owned heritage property, which will protect a significant state-owned heritage steam locomotive for generations of Australians.

Gimme Shelter: The architect’s concept design for the station-based loco display shed for 3203 was approved last year, and soon the engineer’s drawings will be delivered. Then it is a matter of finalising the building plans and securing funding to build the permanent structure. (CMR image)

The P Class locomotives were perhaps the most prolific of locomotives to serve on the Cooma-Bombala railway line, so it is very fitting that the oldest of the class takes up residence at Cooma. Of extra value is the fact that the temporary loco protective shelter will be repurposed once the permanent structure is built. The recycled frames will support the roof of the CMR Permanent Way Depot, where volunteers will ensure the ongoing integrity of the track and infrastructure needed for CMR’s railmotor operations.

Victorian Lady: This is an older photo of 3203 in storage at Broadmeadow. Built during the reign of Queen Victoria, it is now in an advanced state of restoration ahead of its relocation to Cooma.

CMR is also pleased to report that its membership is growing, and we have now added the ability to download new membership forms and membership renewal forms under the ‘Join’ tab on our website: cmrailway.org.au – note that we have added pro-rata rates for new members. There is also a growing demand for CMR-themed products, and we are pleased to say a range of souvenirs and railway memorabilia are being prepared for sale at our markets, followed by sales at our shopfront and online store later this year.

Cool Designs: CMR is now developing a supply of souvenirs and railway memorabilia to help fund our railmotor operations. (Via CMR)

Finally, make a post-Easter commitment to health and flavour by locking-in the next CMR Fresh Produce Markets in your calendar. We are looking forward to seeing you at the station on Sunday, 11 April (the second Sunday of the month).

Please email CMR at secretary@cmrailway.org.au if you would like to play a role in advancing our museum, heritage rail operations, and fresh produce markets. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.