I am researching the history of Sydney suburban railway carriages that were constructed at the dockyard. The car numbers are: C3171 - C3220 (fifty cars), C3251 - C3300 (fifty cars) and T4301 - T4548 (248 cars). All were built in the 1927-1929 period.
Can you please guide me as to where I may be able to find details on their construction and also photographs of the cars undergoing construction or being barged across the Hunter River.
Suggest Richmond Vale Railway
* Australian Railways Historical Society
This national group have information on all things railway
* Dorrigo Railway Museum
One of Australia's largest collections of rail rolling stock.
Not open to the public.
* New South Wales Rail Transport Museum
Worth a visit
* State Mine Heritage Park Lithgow
This tourist Attraction at Lithgow preserves some of Australia's valuable Coal Mining and Railway heritage.
* The Rail Motor Society
Located at Paterson this group of volunteers operate 'Tin Hares".
I have asked our members if they have any info..
The Richmond Vale Railway Museum
Location: Leggett's Drive, Richmond Vale NSW 2327
Information Phone: +61 (02) 4001 0197
Site Phone: +61 (02) 4937 5344
Fax: +61 (02) 4936 2921
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. Gates open at 10am and close at 4pm.
I will try to find out what i can ATP, however a good starting point for this info might be with a volunteer group located in Sydney, called "Historic Electric Traction". (If it hasn't already been done)
They can be found at:
Historic Electric Traction
PO Box 246
Ph: 1300 781 279
Thanks guy for your replies. I am actually familar with these railway groups.
Does anyone know if the Newcastle Library has an archive of photos / documents relating to Walsh Island? I see that the National Library in Canberra has some photos available for viewing onlt in person.
You could try the ARHS in Sydney at Central Station or State Archives.
As these were single decker cars there is probably not many survived.
Richmond Vale Railway
I have a Powerpoint presentation on Walsh Island and the dockyard. It has a couple of photos of rail carriages being built and barged across to mainland. If you would like a copy email me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Attached are the images of the carriages at Carriage Resort, Dungog. The inscription at the doorway of image "Carriage01" reads: "Built at Walsh Island Dockyard Newcastle 1928".
Hope this is of some interest to you.
These images will be in Media Gallery section "Newcastle Yesterday" soon.
Special thanks to NIHA Member Bill R.
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Thanks for you interest in my request.
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