Richmond Vale Railway Museum
Richmond Vale, New South Wales, Australia
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The Richmond Vale Railway Museum operates a railway and museum located at Richmond Vale south of Kurri Kurri with the aim of preserving the Richmond Vale railway line and Mining Heritage of J&A Brown and the Hunter Valley.
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.
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.
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)
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:
- BHP 34 - built 1954, A.Goninan & Co (B/N 3/S1003) (Stored-Operational)
- BHP 42 (Static- privately owned)
- BHP 43 - built 1960, A.Goninan & Co (B/N 3456-10/60-007) (Static)
- BHP 53 - built 1963, A.Goninan & Co (B/N 9211-4/64-018) (Operational)
- BHP 54 - built 1965, A.Goninan & Co(B/N 3835-12/65-020) (Static)
- DR1 ex Commonwealth Railways - built 1954, Ruston & Hornsby (B/N 3279868) (Static)
- Planet Number 54 ex Maritime Services Board Coffs Harbour Jetty - Built 1955, F.C. Hibberd (B/N 3715) (Operational)
- NSWGR Former steam operated now diesel powered 70T crane No. 1073, converted during use with NSWGR - built 1928, Craven Brothers (Operational)
- X215 - built Department of Railways New South Wales Chullora Railway Workshops 1968 (static)
- X217 - built Department of Railways New South Wales Chullora Railway Workshops 1968 (operational)
- "History of the Richmond Vale Railway Museum". Richmond Vale Railway Museum.
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