Richmond Vale Railway Museum

Phil Rickard

Posted, as received:


The Board wishes to thank emergency services for their efforts in fighting the Richmond Vale fire, which has caused significant damage to the museum collection despite their work.

The museum site is now off-limits and under the control of Fire and Rescue NSW, due to the presence of hazardous materials, and will not reopen until that control is relinquished.

Museum members and members of the public are advised that security has been posted at the museum’s access road to control admission, and that police will be patrolling the area. Please stay away.

Losses include:

·         3 stainless steel passenger cars

·         10 of 16 restored non-air coal hoppers and almost all non-restored wagons

·         All of the unrestored general freight vehicles

·         Approximately 2.5 kilometres of track

·         Damage to number 1 bridge on the link line to Pelaw Main.

These losses mean that the museum’s rail operations will be suspended pending gradual track rehabilitation. An announcement about other aspects of the museum’s activities will be made as soon as access issues are resolved.

We thank the many members of the public, kindred societies, rail industry organisations and community leaders who have expressed their sympathy and support in this devastating event. The Board is developing a fundraising program which will assist the museum to restore the railway to a serviceable state. This will be shared via Facebook and media release as soon as details are finalized.


For the information of members, the Annual General Meeting of the Museum, which is scheduled for 1.00pm on Saturday 16 September has been transferred from the museum to St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, 119 Lang Street, Kurri Kurri [opposite the Kurri Kurri Court House]



An ABC news report and some pics of this needless destruction (it was made-made) may be seen here:

Phil Rickard