• Dave Layzell MP

UPPER HUNTER ELECTORATE WINS GRANT TO HELP KEEP RAIL HISTORY ALIVE

The Rail Motor Society, Paterson will benefit from a share of more than $175,000 under the NSW Government’s Transport Heritage Grants Program to help bring history to life.


Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell said it was great locals would benefit from the NSW Government-funded program, which supports the restoration and conservation of the State’s heritage transport assets.


“The Transport Heritage Grants Program provides much-needed support to the many volunteers who work tirelessly across our State to bring our rich transport history to life,” Mr Layzell said.

“This program encourages the community to rediscover the culture, events and people that helped shape transport in NSW in the past 165 years.


“In the Upper Hunter electorate, the Rail Motor Society, will receive $3,000 to digitise an irreplaceable collection of engineering drawings.


“The Society has a large collection of drawings that provide technical information about its rail fleet. Once digitised, these can be easily accessed by maintenance staff whenever needed.”


The Society is a not-for-profit organisation which collects, preserves and operates a representative fleet of NSW Government Railways rail motors including one of the ‘Red Rattler’ passenger trains that serviced North Coast Line stations to Dungog and the Hunter Line to Scone, prior to the current generation Hunter Rail Cars.


Transport Heritage NSW CEO Andrew Moritz said this year’s grants reflect the wide range of collections and interests of those in the heritage transport sector.


“Whether it be replacing upholstery in a vintage bus, repainting a locomotive or developing museum displays and interpretation, this program is vital to heritage transport groups across the State,” Mr Moritz said.


The Transport Heritage Grants Program is administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society and supported by Transport Heritage NSW.