RICHMOND VALE RAILWAY MUSEUM – 40 YEARS YOUNG!

Nov 26, 2018 by

The Richmond Vale Railway Museum is celebrating 40 years of operations at the State Heritage-listed Richmond Main Colliery site.

Back in mid-1979, a small group of volunteers began clearing undergrowth from the abandoned colliery site, having been invited by Cessnock City Council to base their operations there. The Council had purchased the site from Coal and Allied Industries for $1.00.

Over the last 40 years, the museum has reinstated the railway lines around the colliery yard, rebuilt the passenger line between Richmond Main and Pelaw Main, and restored and maintained locomotives and rollingstock. It is the only operating heritage railway in NSW north of the Hawkesbury River.

The museum has also assumed responsibility for the mining history collection on the site after a previous interest group closed down.

As a result of this work, locals and visitors can appreciate the industrial and mining history of the Hunter Region for its importance to the nation.

These achievements will be celebrated on the weekend of 28 and 29 September, when the museum’s Family Fun Fest will showcase some of this history. Unlimited train rides will be available, along with other family-oriented displays and activities. Young ones can even have a go at driving a miniature Thomas the Tank Engine. There might even be some birthday cupcakes for sale!

The gates open at 9.30am on each day. There is ample space within the museum grounds to enjoy a picnic, or hot and cold snacks can be purchased from the museum’s canteen.

Come and join us as we say Happy 40th Anniversary!

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