CLOSURE OF RICHMOND MAIN SITE

Mar 9, 2024 by

Following a cessation order issued by Cessnock City Council at close of business on Thursday afternoon March 7, the Richmond Main site is closed with immediate effect. No open days or other activities until further notice.
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PAUSING OF PASSENGER OPERATIONS

Feb 29, 2024 by

After a review of operating systems, the Board of RVRM has unanimously resolved to pause passenger-carrying operations from 24 February for the time being.

This decision is to ensure that passenger-carrying operations are compliant with the current laws regarding rail safety.

An intensive review of the museum’s safety systems has commenced.

Once compliance has been determined and authorised, passenger-carrying operations will resume.

ALL OTHER OPERATIONS OF THE MUSEUM WILL CONTINUE. THE MUSEUM WILL BE OPEN ON THE FIRST THREE SUNDAYS OF EACH MONTH.

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A NEW YEAR FOR RVRM

Jan 14, 2023 by

Our museum has resumed operation for 2023.

In the fire season during the first quarter of the year, our full-sized trains will be operated by diesel locomotive X217, while Marjorie undergoes summer maintenance. Steam operation should resume on the first weekend in March.

Our special events calendar has been updated and can be found here.

Come and enjoy a fun family day out. Entry fee for the day is all-iinclusive.

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CRANKY HANDLES RETURN TO RVRM

Aug 18, 2022 by

August means it’s time for vintage machinery enthusiasts to head to the Richmond Vale Railway Museum for the fifth annual Cranky Handle Rally, to be held on the third weekend of August (August 20-21  2022). The Hunter Valley Vintage Farm Machinery Club hosts the annual rally, which is a demonstration of all things old to do with early farm machinery with a focus on old stationary engines and farm tractors.

“From vintage tractors to small farm or domestic implements, the rally is all about machinery before the electronic era,” said Scott Brooks, spokesman for the club.

“Our exhibitors have spent many hours preparing their machines for display and will be happy to share their knowledge with visitors.”

“You may even get a chance to go on a ride on a tractor operating on the day.”

“Whether you’re interested in hand-operated domestic machinery, petrol-powered tractors or steam-driven farm machinery, there’s something in the rally for you,” he said.

“For the ladies there will be an operating display of vintage sewing machines making bags and other small items.”

This is a combined event with the Richmond Vale Railway Museum.

“We’re delighted to collaborate with the Richmond Vale Railway Museum,” said Mr Brooks.

“Their bushland site is the ideal location for an event such as this, and the family atmosphere adds to the quality of the show.”

“Full-sized and miniature train rides are included in the entry fee, along with the ability to visit the onsite mining museum.”

“All-in-all it’s a great day out.”

The rally is scheduled for the Richmond Vale Historic Railway site on the 20TH-21ST August 2021.  The site is located at 262 Leggetts Drive, Richmond Vale, about 5km south of Kurri Kurri.

Food, tea, coffee and soft drinks are available for purchase on site, so you can make a day of it without going hungry.

Cost to enter is $16.00 for adults, $11.00 for concession and $7.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 15, with children under 5 granted free entry.

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STEAMFEST EVENT CANCELLED

Jul 18, 2022 by

Our weekend event for July 30-31 is cancelled as a result of the cancellation of Maitland Steamfest. We hope to use the downtime over the next 2-3 weeks to undertake some repairs to roads and grounds which have been damaged by rain. See you in August for the Cranky Handle Rally.
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EASTER AT RICHI

Apr 8, 2022 by

Join us on Easter Day 17 April at RVRM. Gates open 9.30am. Train rides, big and small. Kids’ activities. Easter Egg Hunt at 12 noon.

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APRIL OPEN DAYS – STEAM UNLIMITED POSTPONED

Apr 3, 2022 by

APRIL OPEN DAYS – STEAM UNLIMITED POSTPONED
We will be open every Sunday in April to coincide with the Easter school vacation.
Our Steam Unlimited event is postponed until 30-31 July to coincide with the revised date for Steamfest. The museum will now be closed on 9 April.
For this weekend and next, our diesel locomotive X217 will haul our trains, as steam locomotive Marjorie has her annual boiler inspection. We hope that Marjorie will be back to greet visitors on Easter Sunday.
Gates open 9.30am, first train 10.00am, last train 3.00pm. Admission charges $16.00 adults, $11.00 concession, $7.50 children 5-15, under 5’s free.
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