Richmond Vale Railway Museum

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Richmond Vale Railway Museum
SMR30 near Pelaw Main.jpg
Established 1979
Location Leggett's Drive,
Richmond ValeNew South Wales Australia
Coordinates 32°51′26″S 151°28′33″E / 32.857293°S 151.47582°E / -32.857293; 151.47582
Type Railway museum
Nearest car park On site
Website Official Site

The Richmond Vale Railway Museum operates a railway and museum located at Richmond Vale south of Kurri Kurri, New South Wales with the aim of preserving the Richmond Vale railway line and Mining Heritage of J&A Brown and the Hunter Valley.

History[edit]

After the closure of Richmond Main Power Station in 1976, Cessnock City Council acquired the abandoned Richmond Main Colliery together with 40 acres (16.2 ha) surrounding the buildings from Coal & Allied.[1]

In 1979 the newly formed Richmond Vale Preservation Co-operative Society assumed the responsibility for the railway, leaving the development of Richmond Main Park and Mining Museum to be done independently.

Operations[edit]

The Museum is opened on the first three Sundays of each month and every Sunday during School Holidays and the site consist of the following features:

  • Richmond Vale Office
  • Museum Display
  • Mining Equioment
  • Railway Locomotives and Rolling Stock
  • former passenger line from Richmond Main Colliery to Pelaw Main Colliery Line
  • Line extension to Weston station (planned)

Preservation[edit]

Steam Locomotives
No. Description Manufacturer Year In Service Railway Location Status Ref
9 "Pelaw Main" 2-8-2T Kitson and Company 1908 J. & A. Brown Kurri Kurri stored
10 "Richmond Main" 2-8-2T Kitson and Company 1911 J. & A. Brown Kurri Kurri stored
SMR 19 2-8-2T Beyer, Peacock and Company 1915 South Maitland Railways Kurri Kurri pending restoration
SMR 22 2-8-2T Beyer, Peacock and Company 1920 South Maitland Railways Kurri Kurri Static
SMR 24 2-8-2T Beyer, Peacock and Company 1922 South Maitland Railways Kurri Kurri Overhaul
SMR 25 2-8-2T Beyer, Peacock and Company 1922 South Maitland Railways Kurri Kurri stored
SMR 30 2-8-2T Beyer, Peacock and Company 1924 South Maitland Railways Kurri Kurri Overhaul
BHP 2 60T Crane Industrial Works 1913 BHP Newcastle Steelworks Kurri Kurri pending restoration
BHP 5 15T Crane Industrial Brownhoist 1920 BHP Newcastle Steelworks Kurri Kurri undergoing restoration
ROD 23 2-8-0 Great Central Railway 1918 J. & A. Brown Kurri Kurri stored, dismantled
"Alison" 0-4-0ST Andrew Barclay Sons & Co. 1922 John Lysaght (Aust.) Limited Kurri Kurri static display
"Marjorie" 0-4-0ST Clyde Engineering 1938 John Lysaght (Aust.) Limited Kurri Kurri Operational
"Kathleen" 0-4-0ST Avonside Engine Company 1921 John Lysaght (Aust.) Limited Kurri Kurri undergoing restoration

The museum also operates a small number of ex-industrial diesels, and owns a wide variety of ex-NSWGR and ex-industrial rollingstock.

Ex-industrial diesels are:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of the Richmond Vale Railway Museum". Richmond Vale Railway Museum. 

External links[edit]