(This is a preservation subject but at the moment until anything goes ahead it is just railway archaeology)
Hi, today i went for a drive to Merriwa to have a look around, (sorry pics only on my mobile phone) and to be honest I was disgusted with it. While I want out to take film of what is left, I had a look around the whole yard area.
Station is starting to look really bad, and no thanks to idiot vandals, (the kind who need a bullet in the head) every window smashed. The goods door was opened. Inside the station not much. Had a look around the goods shed once again F head vandals been busy with spray cans.
Down to the end of the yard is still a water collum and turntable.
No one seems to give a damn about it anyway
So I am interested in forming a small group (Merriwa Railway Museum) to hopefully restore the station and goods shed back to former glory. That would be the first goal. Just to have it look respectable first. Long term restore some track between 5 or 10k of it and to have a CPH rail motor doing shuttles once a month or so. then a while down the years try and lone a steam loco for a short period of time (SMR 31 would be my choice and two FO cars), restore them and use on special occasions, and for charters.
I now people are going to laugh at me writing, but if no one else is going to try anything then i want to have a crack at it.
I have sent emails of to a few people i know tonight, waiting to see replys (with one back already saying it sounds like a good idea)
But who still owns the line it self is who I want to know???
As I will need to send either an email or letter them to propose my interest and ideas. Restoring all the line one day would be the goal. but I doubt as it runs through peoples front yard now in some places, there are roads over the top of some locations. But at Merriwa just before the yard and the home signal poll I was looking at which had a left bend would be a great photo location, especially for steam hauled trip.
Pipedream at the moment yes, but people say to follow yours dreams so I am doing so, if all fails at least I can say I had a go at doing something I though would be worth wild.
Cheers from Paul