2017 Year in Review

  • The new roof for the 1881 Railway Enginemen’s Barracks at 61 Railway Street was completed. It was also known as the Rest House and it is also our clubhouse. The building was used for enginemen and guards for overnight accommodation between shifts
  • Membership has increased during 2017 by over 15%.
  • We held our first expo after 10 years. We opened for the weekend with all of our facilities open to the public – The Railway Station Museum, Two Gang Sheds and the Railway Rest House and model trains
  • We have increased the opening hours of the railway station museum from two days a week to six days a week Monday to Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • We also opened the two railway gang sheds at the corner of Railway & Macleay Streets. These buildings include historic photographs, trikes, machinery and tools. Opening from Tuesday to Fridays 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
  • The visitor numbers to our museum have increased and this has provided a much-needed boost to our financial bank balance. If you are interested in any railway history and want to look and talk, please call in at the Wagga Wagga Railway Station Museum Monday to Saturday 11:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Donations have increased significantly due to the increased opening hours and is expected to be in the vicinity of 100% for 2018
  • The model railway group meets every Wednesday night for discussion and building of a new railway display layout. The group also opens to the public on the first Saturday of each month for displays and talking to any visitors about the model trains
  • Members of Transport HeritageNSW (THNSW) visited Wagga Wagga in November 2017 and introduced the new Sector Development Officer Margot Stuart. This position is our link for our association to the organising body representing many heritage groups in NSW. The Southern Region includes Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage, Finley, Junee, Ladysmith, Crookwell, Goulburn and Cooma
  • Remember the 2018 membership fees are now due (still a few weeks). Joining fee $15 (one off only) and Yearly Membership Fee $15 per family
  • Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Association is our registered name. Please refer to our facilities as:
    • Wagga Wagga Railway Station Museum
    • Wagga Wagga Railway Gang Sheds
    • Wagga Wagga Railway Model Trains
  • Our email address is will be info@waggarailmuseum.com
  • Any emails to our current waggarailheritage@gmail.com address will be forwarded to the new email. So we won’t lose any emails
  • Our facebook link is com/waggarailheritage
  • The Wagga Wagga Railway Model Trains group meet every Wednesday from 6:00pm at 61 Railway Street Wagga Wagga. Currently in process is the building of a large DC/DCC layout. It will be great to see this project move along in 2018. The electrics have been connected but the time and effort will be the scenery and buildings etc
  • Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Association has applied for several railway trikes from Transport Heritage NSW which will be on loan for five years. More information in early 2018
  • More photograph interpretation panels (over one metre square) are continuing to be produced for display, particularly in the Station Museum but also the Railway Station waiting room. Our secretary Peter Maxwell is the prime motivator of this project
  • Our fundraising for 2018 includes the visitor donations, Bunnings BBQ’s, Expo No.2 in November, possible steam train visits, sales of souvenirs
  • We are continuing to expand our workshop facilities and have recently set up a bench press and equipment for electrolysis (rust removal) for old railway items.
  • Consultants will be visiting Wagga Wagga in March this year. This is for our Strategic Business Planning that has been set aside for the museums who have precinct Custody Management Agreements with THNSW. This is an opportunity to develop a five-year plan, that will inform more detailed in-house yearly business planning.
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Newsletter No.102 November 2017

 

  • Members of Transport HeritageNSW (THNSW) visited Wagga Wagga in November 2017 and introduced the new Sector Development Officer Margot Stuart. This position is our link for our association to the organising body representing many heritage groups in NSW. The Southern Region includes Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage, Finley, Junee, Ladysmith, Crookwell, Goulburn and Cooma
  • Remember the 2018 membership fees are now due (still a few weeks). Joining fee $15 (one off only) and Yearly Membership Fee $15 per family
  • Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Association is our registered name. Please refer to our facilities as:
    • Wagga Wagga Railway Station Museum
    • Wagga Wagga Railway Gang Sheds
    • Wagga Wagga Railway Model Trains
  • Our email address is will be info@waggarailmuseum.com
  • Any emails to our current waggarailheritage@gmail.com address will be forwarded to the new email. So we won’t lose any emails
  • Our facebook link is com/waggarailheritage
  • The Wagga Wagga Railway Model Trains group meet every Wednesday from 6:00 pm at 61 Railway Street Wagga Wagga. Currently in process is the building of a large DC/DCC layout. It will be great to see this project move along in 2018. The electrics have been connected but the time and effort will be the scenery and buildings etc
  • Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Association have applied for several railway trikes from Transport HeritageNSW which will be on loan for five years. More information in early 2018
  • More photograph interpretation panels (over one-metre square) are continuing to be produced for display, particularly in the Station Museum but also the Railway Station waiting room. Our secretary Peter Maxwell is the prime motivator of this project
  • The visitor numbers to our museum have increased and this has provided a much-needed boost to our financial bank balance. If you are interested in any railway history and want to look and talk, please call in at the Wagga Wagga Railway Station Museum Monday to Saturday 11:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Our fundraising for 2018 includes the visitor donations, Bunnings BBQ’s, Expo No.2 in November, possible steam train visits, sales of souvenirs
  • We are continuing to expand our workshop facilities and have recently set up a bench press and equipment for electrolysis (rust removal) for old railway items.
  • Remember Wednesday 13th December is our Christmas function at the Rest House

Newsletter No.100 September 2017

  • Congratulations on our 100th Newsletter
  • Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 25th October
  • I will outline the year’s activities/achievements at the AGM.
  • We have taken incredible strides over the last 12 months and it looks as though it will continue
  • Current executive are applying for the new committee for 2017/2018. However it is important to note that any member may nominate for the positions of President, Vice-President, Secretary & Treasurer

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Last but not least, we’ve been working hard to complete improvements to our artefacts and displays across our museum venues. To showcase our efforts, we are holding the official public opening of the Gang Sheds on Saturday 2nd September. 

All four of our venues will be open for viewing on the Saturday with a $2 entry donation per person or $5 for families. This includes access to all 4 venues, and the best bit is there is only a short walk between them all. Volunteers will be available on the day to answer any questions you may have regarding Rail Heritage in Wagga Wagga and our Model Railway team will be out in full force at the Rest House working on their new display and running trains on the other sets.
 
This day will be a fantastic outing for the whole family to relive memories, learn something new or get involved in model train building!
 
Hope to see you there

Newsletter No.99 August 2017

  • The executive will discuss appropriate names of each of our venues. We will always be known as Wagga Wagga Rail Heritage Association. However with the emergence of other parts of our organisation the following is proposed for our other business names to be included in our incorporation
    • Wagga Wagga Railway Station Museum
    • Wagga Wagga Railway Gang Sheds
    • Wagga Wagga Railway Model Trains
  • Our new email address in the future will be info@waggarailmuseum.com
  • Any emails to our current waggarailheritage@gmail.com address will be forwarded to the new email. So we won’t lose any emails
  • Our official opening of the gang sheds will be next Wednesday 30th August. This will be opened by the Mayor and is by invitation only. We have approximately 45 guests. Arrangements are in place to promote all of our venues to our ‘Expo’ open day on Saturday 2nd September. We will promote the open day on 2AAAFM next Monday morning 28th at 10:45am.
  • Saturday 2nd September is our ‘Expo’. All members can assist on the day by wearing your official green shirt. Those who are only new and without shirts, talk to us on the day so we can allocate you appropriate tasks.
  • On the Saturday the cost will be $5.00 for a family, $2.00 per adult. Tickets can be purchased at the three venues – station museum, gang sheds & the model trains at the rest house. If you collect $2 for an adult – issue one ticket and write the date on the back 02//09/2017. If you issue a family ticket and collect $5 – give a ticket to all the family members including the kids. They can then show the tickets at our other venues. Put the date on the back.
  • Keith Cavill will be selling souvenirs at the railway museum. The model trains will be in full running order at the rest house.
  • In May this year we applied to become an associate member of Transport Heritage NSW. Unfortunately, our application was missing in action. Fortunately, I had the original email, together with our original application and the matter will be finalised immediately
  • A big thank you to Robert Gannon and his team – Ken Eckert, Phil Chorusch, Rod MacIntosh and others who have worked tirelessly to have the gang
    sheds to the opening stage. An incredible effort. I would advise all members to visit the sheds on the open day to see the final result
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Newsletter No.98 July 2017

  • A wonderful result from the Bunnings BBQ. Net profit $1460. We have been spending a lot
    recently with the rest house windows $930, industrial vacuum cleaner for the buildings
    $300, sandblasting many items for display in the gang sheds $600, materials eg. paint,
    materials, discs, screws, bolts and the list goes on. But the result is great. Well done to
    Robert Gannon and his crew Ken, Rod McIntosh & Phil Chorusch. Also to others who can
    assist from time to time
  • Remember we will be having an open day for the community, at four venues on the first
    Saturday of September 2nd. This will follow the official opening of the gang sheds by the
    Mayor, by invitation on Wednesday 30th August. We will be hoping that the media interest
    on the Wednesday will then give us a great deal of coverage for the open day, three days
    later!
  • Jay Antoney has been a member of our group for a short time. He has involved himself
    with the wiring and electronics of the model layout being built by the group. Jay has
    commenced a facebook page for us! He will also look after our website. Thanks Jay, for
    your expertise and we certainly are the beneficiary of that.
  • A big shout out to our members who have made it possible to open the station museum,
    six days a week. Also the gang sheds from Tuesday to Fridays.
  • The model railway group who meet each Wednesday evening at the rest house also have
    an open day on the first Saturday of each month.
  • Peter Simpfendorfer was on 2AAAFM recently and again sending the message out about
    our organisations extra days opening to the community
  • Just on the official opening of the gang sheds. We have received a great response from
    other museums to attend the day, from local groups and also from surrounding towns
    (Temora, Coolamon). We will have a strong representation from the visitors’ information
    centre and Wagga Wagga City Council
  • At present all members are financial. When we have our AGM later in the year. We will
    determine the annual membership fee and we would like to have the majority of members
    pay by direct debit into our account. It streamlines the process and gives us an accurate
    record of your payment.
  • We will finalise our morning tea arrangements for the opening of the gang sheds at our
    next meeting on 23rd August 2017
  • The Wednesday model train group is going really well. The construction of the new layout
    will be presentable (but not finished) by the time the Mayor and the invited guests have
    their morning tea. Keep at it guys!
  • Any member who can drop in on any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at the gang shed,
    it would be great if you could assist with preparing the trikes etc. for the opening on 30th
    August. It would be dusting, cleaning and making the place look great!