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Valley Heights Loco Depot Heritage Museum


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Location

17 Tusculum Road, Valley Heights, 2777

Contact

Phone: (02) 4751 4638
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The Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum is the Blue Mountains Division of the NSW Rail Transport Museum.
Located adjacent to the Great Western Highway and railway, it is an easy walk from the Valley Heights Railway Station.

Explore the oldest roundhouse in NSW and enjoy the sights, sounds (and smells) of railway travel over the last 100 years!
 
 Enjoy unlimited 20 minute rides on our 1890s Sydney Steam Tramcar and view model railway layouts including a five metre long HO scale model of the Depot as it was in the 1950s. 
 
 Climb aboard steam engines, carriages and wagons from many eras of trains across the mountains. See the remarkable "Caves Express" and the "Ice Van", carefully restored to their former glory!
 
 View exhibits of rail artefacts and paintings, local history and photographic display plus a large collection of books, videos and souvenir items. 
 
 Kids can do the quiz and check answers on the website.
 
 Barbecue facilities are available or relax with a cup of tea or coffee and cake in the tea rooms.
 
Opening Hours:
Public Holiday: Weekdays by appointment Only ...... 10am to 4pm. Normally second and fourth Sunday of every month.

April 2019

Extra Open Day at Valley Heights Rail Museum for April School Holidays!

A rare chance to explore the Museum in the quiet of a 'non-steam' day. Stroll at leisure and enjoy all the regular exhibits and activities. Climb on carriages and locomotives to experince a drivers eye view of the road ahead. Listen to 'Charlie' and 'Harry' as they prepare for their day's work on steam engine 5461. Learn about the 'Call Boy', relax in the first class luxury of the "Caves Express"and take in both working model rooms too! Then enjoy a barisata coffee while you browse the shop! REDUCED ADMISSION FEES on this day only!

 

On 26th April 2019

Disability Access
Children Welcome
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STEAM TRAIN RIDES in BLUE MOUNTAINS

Share some time on Sunday 28 April to reflect on the end of an era at Valley Heights. The 105 year old Roundhouse at the Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum saw many changes over its life as a railway Depot, for steam engines from 1914 until 1957, then electric until closure in 1988. The 30th anniversary of the very last loco movement from the Depot (in April 1989) is being marked with some extra activities. The Museum is giving rare pride of place to one of its biggest exhibits when electric loco 4601 will be wheeled out of its usual resting place for all to enjoy in the light of day, while cab visits will enable visitors to experience the driver’s eye view from this 132 ton giant. Carefully researched new interpretative panels will tell the story of this 46 class of locomotives, and will bring to life their successful track record. On delivery, they were the most powerful in Australia, designed to pull the heaviest coal trains.

During the day, former Valley Heights railwaymen will chat about the life and times of the 46 class locos and their own experiences from the period as they reminisce about the ‘Good Old Days’.

As usual, there will be 20 minute Steam Train rides on the ‘Valley Heights Mixed’, led by 1899 loco ‘Stevo’ the tank engine, operated by the Steam Tram and Railway Preservation Society. All the Museum’s regular exhibits and activities will be available, including the two model rooms, audio-visual experiences, historical displays, café, shop and more. 

Make sure you join in this once in a generation event!

 

 

On 28th April 2019

Disability Access
Children Welcome
Member Event
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