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Preserving the Railway and Mining Heritage of

J & A Brown and the Hunter Valley.

Richmond Vale Railway Museum

STEAM TRAIN RIDES IN THE HUNTER VALLEY NSW.



The Richmond Vale Railway Museum is a volunteer non-profit organization, formed in 1979 with the aim of preserving the Railway and Mining Heritage of J&A Brown and the Hunter Valley.

The R.V.R.M. is located in the old Richmond Main Colliery site, Main Road 135, Leggett's Drive, Richmond Vale 4kms south of Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley, N.S.W.

The R.V.R.M. runs trains first three Sundays of each month and every Sunday during School Holidays (except Christmas and New years day). Gates open at 9:30am and close at 4pm.

Richmond Vale Railway Museum

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Richmond Vale Railway Museum Will be re-opening to the public on Sunday the 4th of March.

MEDIA RELEASE - RICHMOND MAIN RAILWAY MUSEUM REOPENS TO PUBLIC

The Hunter Valley’s favourite railway destination, the Richmond Vale Railway Museum, is to reopen for public operations on Sunday 4 March.

The museum has been closed since September 2017, following the significant damage to the site by a deliberately-lit bushfire.

The disastrous fire damaged railway track and historic rollingstock, also destroying almost all of the unrestored rollingstock stored in the museum grounds.

“Over the last few months we have been working with Cessnock City Council and our friends in the railway fraternity to bring the museum back,” said Peter Meddows, the museum’s chairman.

“We’ve had tremendous support from our volunteers, members of the public, kindred societies and railway professionals.”

“We are particularly grateful to significant companies in the railway engineering field, who have donated resources and labour to ensure that our museum can reopen for rail operations.”

“We still have a way to go, with a major bridge repair yet to be funded, but being able to run trains on our Mulbring Road branch demonstrates that we will continue the rebuilding process.”

“The Mayor of Cessnock, Cllr Bob Pynsent, will cut the ribbon to recommence services at 10.00am on the day.”

“These short shuttle services will demonstrate to our visitors the extent of damage to the site and exhibits, but also show the work put in by volunteers and supporters to allow us to reopen.”

The museum gates will open at 9.30am on Sunday 4 March. Shuttle services will operate on the Mulbring Road branch throughout the day. Miniature train rides will also be available, the mining museum will be open, and canteen services will be available. Entry to the museum is $16 adults, $11 concession, $7.50 children 5-15, with under fives free. The museum will resume its normal operating schedule from March, being open for the first three Sundays of the month, as well as school holiday Sundays.

THE REBUILDING RICHI APPEAL

Richmond Vale Railway Museum is delighted to announce the launch of the Rebuilding Richi Appeal. Our aim is to restore operation as quickly as possible at the museum site following the devastating September 13th bushfire.

The Appeal is to have three prongs:

· Fundraising events – the recently-announced trivia night in Kurri Kurri is the first of these.

· Fundraising competitions – Watch this space for the detailed announcement of the first of these, which will be launched later this week.

· Online fundraising – Today we launch the online Rebuilding Richi Appeal.

If you are a supporter, and unable to participate in an event or competition, an online donation is the way in which you can help. The Museum plans a staged return to rail operations, with the reinstatement of the Mulbring Road branch being the initial priority. Work on the main line to Pelaw Main will follow, including the repairs to the Number 1 Bridge. To achieve this, hundreds of sleepers must be replaced. This is where you can help. Every $150 donated allows us to lay another sleeper. Every donation helps us get closer to full reopening and operation.

To donate, Click here