‘Heritage’ trains reach new home

NSW Railway’s historic locomotives and carriages have found a new home in Chullora.

The $9.4 million Chullora Heritage Hub is a centralised storage facility for 50 of the State’s 220 heritage locomotives and carriages.
The historic trains have travelled by road and rail to the former Tank Annex Building at the Chullora Railway Workshops from three separate sites at Eveleigh, Thirlmere and Broadmeadow.
The building has received a thorough upgrade to ensure the protection and preservation of the historic collection with environmental, security and fire safety improvements delivered.
While the new location is not open for public viewing due to its function as a maintenance facility, it will give volunteers from Transport Heritage NSW the space they need to work on these one-of-a-kind engines.
The site at Chullora has been an important location for railway maintenance for more than a century. It was first established in 1913 and many of the buildings within the precinct date from the 1920.
Among the rollingstock moving into the new building are: Locomotive 1219, this locomotive and its class dominated express and mail train services in the late 1800s, with many hauling branch line services right up until the 1950s; and Locomotive 5096 which was one of 280 introduced from 1890. This was the largest class of locomotives used anywhere in Australia and hauled goods trains more than two million kilometres until its retirement in 1965.
Another 70 locomotives and carriages will remain at the NSW Rail Museum in Thirlmere, including operational assets like the famous 3801, which is open to the public seven days a week, with heritage train rides operating every weekend on the newly refurbished Loop Line.