Canberra Railway Museum
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Canberra Railway Museum was run by the ACT division of the Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS). The museum housed displays of historic locomotives, passenger cars, freight vehicles, track machinery and railway memorabilia. The museum precinct also served as a base for the society's rail operations. The Society preserved railway history, particularly that of Canberra and the southern districts of New South Wales, for the enjoyment and enlightenment of present and future generations. Members worked toward this goal by collecting and restoring locomotives, other rolling stock and items of railway memorabilia; preserving and recording railway history; and operating trains with restored rolling stock.
The Canberra Railway Museum was the home to Australia's oldest operating steam locomotive, and one of the world's oldest 'mainline' steam locomotives built in 1878, and also the heaviest, the 265 tonnes Beyer-Garratt steam locomotive.
As of November 2016, the museum has closed and ARHS ACT Division placed into liquidation.
In July 2017 It was announced that "The museum's historic collection will go to auction on August 2.". A last-ditch bid by Capital Holdings to secure the collection for a new transport museum at the site failed, and the auction went ahead despite protests from several heritage conservationists. The bid was later found to be without sufficent financial backing and lacked support from the former ARHS ACT membership.
Trips and tours
The ARHS ACT division ran frequent tours year-round, including trips on the Bungendore branch and many themed trains such as a Santa's Train, a Tulip time express and school holiday rail discovery events.
Former Museum Exhibits
|1210||4-4-0 passenger||Beyer, Peacock and Company||1878||Canberra||Stored|||
|1307||4-4-2T passenger||Beyer, Peacock and Company||1902||Yass Railway Station Museum||Static Exhibit||NSW Locomotive, Steam 1307|
|2413||2-6-0 goods||Dübs and Company||1891||Junee Locomotive Depot||Static Exhibit|
|3013||4-6-4T passenger||Beyer, Peacock and Company||1903||Canberra||Stored, Privately Owned||3013 Blog Page|
|3016||4-6-0 mixed traffic||Beyer, Peacock and Company||1903||Thirlmere||Operational, NSW Rail Museum||3016 Blog Page|
|3102||4-6-0 mixed traffic||Beyer, Peacock and Company||1912||Canberra||Stored, Privately Owned||3102 Blog Page|
|6029||4-8-4+4-8-4 goods||Beyer, Peacock and Company||1953||Thirlmere||Operational, Privately Owned||Project 6029 Blog|
|530||0-6-0ST||Vulcan Foundry||1877||Yass Railway Station Museum||Static Exhibit|
4807, diesel-electric, 1050 hp Co-Co engine, built 1959, was one of 165 units which made up the NSW Railways 48 class which began service late in 1959, replacing steam locomotives, particularly on country branch lines. It is part of the Transport Heritage NSW collection and in the custody of the NSW Rail Museum, Thirlmere.
D25, diesel-electric, 400 hp Bo-Bo, built 1958, formerly owned by Australian Iron and Steel, was the yard shunter at the Canberra Railway Museum. Now privately owned.
Carriages include end platform cars, sleeping cars and special purpose passenger vehicles. Most have now been sold to other heritage operators and private collectors.
3016 in Canberra
- "ACT ARHS". Canberra Railway Museum. Retrieved 2010-11-06.
- "Railway Museum runs out of steam - Canberra CityNews". Canberra CityNews. 2016-11-17. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
- Walmsley, Hannah (13 July 2017). "Railway museum forced to sell historic train carriages". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
- "Rolling stock register" (PDF). Australian rail track corporation. 2011. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
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