Gundagai Heritage Railway

 
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
A press release from this group.

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At Gundagai, in southern NSW, on Wednesday 24 April 2013, a meeting of 20 people approved the formation of a new chapter in the rail history of the town.
As a result of this meeting, the GHBI board is pleased to publicly announce the release of a new Master Plan for the Gundagai Railway Museum.

After a 2 year period in which extensive assessment involving members visiting many other NSW stations for review, devising both strategic and tactical goals, which saw the Master Plan come finally together.
This new plan will enable the museum to carry on what it started out in 1989 to do which is to preserve the local Gundagai and Tumut branch line railway history.
Gundagai is lucky to have an open museum in their local railway station, showcasing its local rail heritage. There are not many dedicated railway museums like this across NSW beside notable ones like Yass and Tenterfield. This rarity makes Gundagai all the more unique for tourists to come see.

What this approval of the master plan now means is that there is certainty for the businesses inGundagai to reap the benefits of supporting the railway station and museum into the future.
The master plan is devised to ensure that the current successful restoration of the Gundagai station and yard undertaken in the past 20years by hard working volunteers and board members is maintained and by careful work, it is expanded on to encourage more rail related tourism to come to the town.

The 2013 Master Plan has many stages which will see gradual but affordable improvements to the museum precinct set-up, displays, exhibits, re-branding of the name, restoration of the current rollingstock undertaken and potential acquisition of more in due course, assessment on re-sleepering the railway tracks in the yard and beyond, creating a membership plan to raise more funds, seek new sponsors and allow active volunteers on site carrying out specific tasks. All project tasks will be carried out meeting the various specific rail regulations as set out by ISTR and the RSA 2008.

[b]So what can be expected in the short term?[/b]. A new sub committee to run the railway precinct and the museum will be formed in later half of 2013 along with forming a membership base to help support the museum, a new brand name and logo will be created and the assessing of what part of the stage 1 plan to start on will be undertaken.
It is expected that a long term vision to make the museum more interesting with new exhibits will hopefully see some action under way to achieve some of these goals hopefully by end of 2013.

The Gundagai railway museum has gained over the years much local support and with its future secured, it is expected that more local support will be gained and from across NSW and Australia.

A name change to Gundagai Heritage Railway is in the process to happen during 2013.

To contact GHBI / GRM for further information about this press release,please ring David Crooks on 0428 268 441.[/font][/size]














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  The Man in Blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: Trackside in Baiyin NW China!
"There are not many dedicated railway museums like this one across NSW besides notable ones like Yass and Tenterfield". You can add Old Casino to that list, open to the public for over 20 years and concentrating on the local district rail heritage.
  Albert Chief Commissioner

Crookwell, Bombala and Ladysmith.
  ssaunders Chief Train Controller

and these other static groups on old railway sites from the Rail Heirtage Australia website.

Binnaway Rail Heritage and Preservation Group Inc BINNAWAY, NEW SOUTH WALES
Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot Inc BROADMEADOW, NEW SOUTH WALES
Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum Ltd DORRIGO, NEW SOUTH WALES
Glenreagh Mountain Railway Inc GLENREAGH, NEW SOUTH WALES
Goulburn Crookwell Heritage Railway Inc CROOKWELL, NEW SOUTH WALES
Goulburn Loco Roundhouse Preservation Society Inc GOULBURN, NEW SOUTH WALES
Guyra and District Historical Society Machinery Group Inc GUYRA, NEW SOUTH WALES
Hunter Valley Training Company Pty Ltd MAITLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES
New England Railway Inc ARMIDALE, GLEN INNES AND JENNINGS, NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW Rail Motor and Rollingstock Preservation Association Inc GOULBURN, NEW SOUTH WALES
Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc OBERON, NEW SOUTH WALES
Pacific Coast Railway Society Inc CASINO, NEW SOUTH WALES
Regional Heritage Transport Association - Junee Inc JUNEE, NEW SOUTH WALES
Robertson Heritage Railway Station Inc ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES
Rothbury Riot Railway and Steam Museum Group Ltd BRANXTON, NEW SOUTH WALES
Tenterfield Railway Station Preservation Society TENTERFIELD, NEW SOUTH WALES

Tourist Railway Association Kurrajong Inc KURRAJONG, NEW SOUTH WALES
Transport Signal and Communication Museum Inc KURRAJONG, NEW SOUTH WALES
Zig Zag Railway Co-op Ltd LITHGOW, NEW SOUTH WALES
  The Man in Blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: Trackside in Baiyin NW China!
and these other static groups on old railway sites from the Rail Heirtage Australia website.

Binnaway Rail Heritage and Preservation Group Inc BINNAWAY, NEW SOUTH WALES
Broadmeadow Locomotive Depot Inc BROADMEADOW, NEW SOUTH WALES
Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum Ltd DORRIGO, NEW SOUTH WALES
Glenreagh Mountain Railway Inc GLENREAGH, NEW SOUTH WALES
Goulburn Crookwell Heritage Railway Inc CROOKWELL, NEW SOUTH WALES
Goulburn Loco Roundhouse Preservation Society Inc GOULBURN, NEW SOUTH WALES
Guyra and District Historical Society Machinery Group Inc GUYRA, NEW SOUTH WALES
Hunter Valley Training Company Pty Ltd MAITLAND, NEW SOUTH WALES
New England Railway Inc ARMIDALE, GLEN INNES AND JENNINGS, NEW SOUTH WALES
NSW Rail Motor and Rollingstock Preservation Association Inc GOULBURN, NEW SOUTH WALES
Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway Inc OBERON, NEW SOUTH WALES
Pacific Coast Railway Society Inc CASINO, NEW SOUTH WALES
Regional Heritage Transport Association - Junee Inc JUNEE, NEW SOUTH WALES
Robertson Heritage Railway Station Inc ROBERTSON, NEW SOUTH WALES
Rothbury Riot Railway and Steam Museum Group Ltd BRANXTON, NEW SOUTH WALES
Tenterfield Railway Station Preservation Society TENTERFIELD, NEW SOUTH WALES

Tourist Railway Association Kurrajong Inc KURRAJONG, NEW SOUTH WALES
Transport Signal and Communication Museum Inc KURRAJONG, NEW SOUTH WALES
Zig Zag Railway Co-op Ltd LITHGOW, NEW SOUTH WALES
ssaunders
The original posting was about dedicated STATIONS preserved as museums. Many of the groups on the above list do not preserve stations, the Kurrajong groups are not on old railway station sites or railway land/locations, and others have only derelict stations. The point being made was that Gundagai,Yass, Tenterfield, Robertson, Old Casino (pacific Coast ),have museums open to the public. Oberon? & GMR (re located station), Thirlmere, Colo Vale are in use, but not as a museum.
  Aussietrainman Station Master

What about Ladysmith???
It is a functioning Railway Station, with a museum thrown in to boot.
Tumba Rail is close to running again - I know,you have heard that before, but unless John Holland Rail is full of spin - then we are close.
We have the initial OK from Transport for NSW and it is now in the hands of John Holland Rail. Apparently we are thirteenth in the queue! We have been at this for so long, we should be at the top!!!!!
By the way the Regs and Act now have a 2012 version - I know I have just recently had to update our doco to conform to them. Also it is ITSR, not ISTR (damn typos) - I know they keep changing their name, but not this time.
However keep up the good work.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
I'm assuming if it were to get to that stage, any re-sleepering beyond the yard would be in the up direction? I would think the bridge over the Murrumbidgee would be beyond any volunteer group.
  3l diesel

....  I would think the bridge over the Murrumbidgee would be beyond any volunteer group.
VRfan
Both the Prince Alfred Bridge and the railway trestle were managed by a trust which I understand also managed the railway station. I am quite concerned about the condition of the old highway bridge as several elements of spans are in a state of structural failure. Government is reluctant to provide funds (try a google search on the matter). Perhaps the bridges should be demolished for public safety reasons. Two spans of a railway trestle at South Grafton of an extensive trestle were placed as display items close to the ground there. Maybe a similar thing should be done at Gundagai.... my 2c.

All the best to the Gundagai group.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
JUNE 16 2013 - We are pleased to announce arrangements for a moving forward of the GHR expansion is progressing positively and carefully, to ensure all actions produce benefits for the Gundagai heritage Railway.
We are beginning the to create the new committee structure to run the GHR project, which will for the moment, see David Crooks as the Sub Committees Co-Ordinator and Treasurer and Phil Buckley will be the Secretary and Public Relations Officer.

We will shortly release a membership form for anyone wishing to join the GHR as a member and this will allow others who wish to also stand for a committee position and at the same time, enable them to also become an active volunteer.

We are also looking at holding a possible Gundagai Heritage Railway "Open Day" in early September 2013. We will decide soon if this is the case or we may move the date to another time. The day is proposed at the moment to compose of the following - museum presentation to visitors of the project plans, tours of the station and yard for visitors, membership forms available for people to sign up for, a BBQ available for a eat/drink and possibly more as we finalise the event details.

We are following up also on new displays for the railway station, acquiring sponsor donated items and holding high level discussions with various government agencies.

We are also looking at becoming a member of a locally run/created southern NSW railway organisation network with other local rail groups/organisations. This idea would enable us to all better preserve NSW railway heritage. It is estimated that some of the benefits are definitely very useful to all groups if such a system is implemented. We will report soon on what is happening regarding this outcome and on the projects for Stage 1 and how you can become involved if interested.

The positive future being created for GHR is due to passion and visions of several people and it is hopeful that over time these visions will see a much better Gundagai Railway museum attracting even more tourists, visitors and rail enthusiasts. Please keep us bookmarked and followed, as we move from planning stage to action stage.

As we are now as the first stage we are happy to release to the public a PDF of the GHR / GHBI Master Plan, to enable people to see what we have planned for the long term. Please visit[color=#0068cf][size=2][font=Calibri, sans-serif]http://gundagairailwaymuseum.wordpress.com/news/[/font][/size][/color] to go to the downloadable PDF, found in our latest news.




By the way I am only posting this up as a service to all, I take no responsibility if there are people or person's named that you do not like. I posted for the Gundagai Railway Museum as a whole not for any one person involved in it.
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
I know what you're doing, David. Don't push it.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I know what you're doing, David. Don't push it.
Barrington Womble
What am I doing Barrington Womble, all I am doing is posting updates as they are sent to me, I have my own website and got sent these by various people who are not on Railpage and they asked if I could post them up so I have, I am not doing anything wrong. If you have a grudge against some organization or person I cannot help that. Nothing personal but don't let your ego get in the way of something others might want to know something about these organizations even if you don't.

I am posting these to keep interested parties in the know nothing more.

In the meantime here is the latest update from them for those interested.


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NEW PHOTOS - GHR volunteers have put together a special presentation to show how a railway station can be transformed from a unrestored , damaged and decaying infrastructure status into heritage listed icon that attract tourists from around Australia and the world in their thousands each year. We see Gundagai in 1995 through the eyes and camera of Sean Foyel and then we see Gundagai again in 2012/2013 through the eyes and camera of Phil Buckley. The nearly 20 year difference shows a totally transformed Gundagai Railway Station and yard. Amazing what can happen when people work at a project and save NSW railway heritage.
  tezza Chief Commissioner

David Peters wrote:

"Then we see Gundagai again in 2012/2013 through the eyes and camera of Phil Buckley."
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ahem .  Security.
  Fireman Dave Chief Commissioner

Location: Shh, I'm hiding
Hmmm, post whoring for a previously banned member. That's a good look.
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Hmmm, post whoring for a previously banned member. That's a good look.
Fireman Dave

The point I was trying to make before.


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