Bathurst Rail Museum

Bathurst Regional Council, with support of Federal and State Governments, is developing an exciting new cultural facility - Bathurst Rail Museum.

The museum will explore the stories of Bathurst’s community and their connection to rail history all within the historic Railway Institute site.

The historically significant building will undergo restoration and additions to ensure a flexible, creative, multi-purpose cultural facility where locals and visitors will engage with the stories, objects and spaces.

The social history stories of the importance of rail for NSW, the region and the Bathurst community will be told through personal recollections and objects. It will include a 20 by 9 metre HO scale model railway depicting the historic Main West rail line between Tarana and Bathurst.

The Museum will include a dedicated children’s area as well as multiple spaces for temporary exhibitions, lectures, public programs and hire for various functions and events.

This project is proudly funded by the Federal Government through the National Stronger Regions Fund, the NSW Government through the Clubs Grants Category 3 and Bathurst Regional Council.

The Bathurst Rail Museum is due to open in December 2019.

Register to keep up to date with developments on this project.

Bathurst Regional Council, with support of Federal and State Governments, is developing an exciting new cultural facility - Bathurst Rail Museum.

The museum will explore the stories of Bathurst’s community and their connection to rail history all within the historic Railway Institute site.

The historically significant building will undergo restoration and additions to ensure a flexible, creative, multi-purpose cultural facility where locals and visitors will engage with the stories, objects and spaces.

The social history stories of the importance of rail for NSW, the region and the Bathurst community will be told through personal recollections and objects. It will include a 20 by 9 metre HO scale model railway depicting the historic Main West rail line between Tarana and Bathurst.

The Museum will include a dedicated children’s area as well as multiple spaces for temporary exhibitions, lectures, public programs and hire for various functions and events.

This project is proudly funded by the Federal Government through the National Stronger Regions Fund, the NSW Government through the Clubs Grants Category 3 and Bathurst Regional Council.

The Bathurst Rail Museum is due to open in December 2019.

Register to keep up to date with developments on this project.

  • Newsletter #4

    3 months ago
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    Apr-May Construction Update

    A rear view of the site, from beyond the storeroom slab

    The last two months have focused on a variety of building tasks, including replacing the roof, preparing and painting the interior, completing new footings across the front of the building which restored the floor to level, designing and pre-manufacturing the steel frame component for the layout gallery and the production of the tilt panels that will form the new storeroom. It has been a very busy period!

    Our hard working volunteers have continued the renovation of the Main West model railway, which...

    Apr-May Construction Update

    A rear view of the site, from beyond the storeroom slab

    The last two months have focused on a variety of building tasks, including replacing the roof, preparing and painting the interior, completing new footings across the front of the building which restored the floor to level, designing and pre-manufacturing the steel frame component for the layout gallery and the production of the tilt panels that will form the new storeroom. It has been a very busy period!

    Our hard working volunteers have continued the renovation of the Main West model railway, which is almost ready for electrical connection and testing. Huge thanks to our volunteers for all their work so far.

    Looking across the exits into the main gallery from the Children's area

    The view from the loading dock, with the slab for the Children's area on the right.

    Internal painting has commenced in the shop/reception area and the adjoining public gallery.


    Painting in the office area, facing Havannah Street.

    Watch this space

    The Bathurst Rail Museum will continue to keep you updated on the Museum's content development in future newsletters.

    How can you be involved?

    There will be many opportunities to be involved and support the development of the Bathurst Rail Museum. Information will be provided regularly through this e-newsletter.

    If you have anything that you feel could contribute to our stories we would love to hear from you. Please contact Council on 6333 6111.

    We would also like to encourage you to let other people know about our newsletter. If they are interested in going on our database, they will need to email council@bathurst.nsw.gov.au.

  • Newsletter #3

    5 months ago
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    Feb-Mar Construction Update


    Railway Institute Building as seen from the rear.


    During February and March, work has continued on a number of fronts at the site.

    Work has focussed mostly on preparation and installation of earthworks and footings for the new additions to the Railway Institute. Other works continued on the interior of the original building as part of its restoration.

    These additions are a new Layout gallery on the rear tennis court and a new amenities/Childrens area to the east of the existing building.

    Look out for details in a future update of this Childrens area as plans to...

    Feb-Mar Construction Update


    Railway Institute Building as seen from the rear.


    During February and March, work has continued on a number of fronts at the site.

    Work has focussed mostly on preparation and installation of earthworks and footings for the new additions to the Railway Institute. Other works continued on the interior of the original building as part of its restoration.

    These additions are a new Layout gallery on the rear tennis court and a new amenities/Childrens area to the east of the existing building.

    Look out for details in a future update of this Childrens area as plans to date are very exciting.


    Loading dock and slab for storage room.

    Storage room slab shortly after pouring.
    This was the first permanent addition to the site - an exciting day!


    Looking 'through' the new amenities area to the original building from the Childrens area.
    The green door will lead to the 'linkway' between the original building and the new addition.

    Public gallery, looking through shop and reception area to ticketed gallery (new entrance to the left).
    Internal asbestos cladding removed and replaced by modern material but leaving visible studwork to allow the original construction of the room to be read.



    Middle section of Public gallery showing further retention of exposed studs and original doors. The double door opening to the right is the new entrance; at this angle looking towards the Childrens area.


    A view from the new entrance towards the Childrens area with Bathurst Railway Station visible beyond.
    This part of the site has had substantial earthworks to allow all floors of the new Museum to be at the same level, improving accessibility.



    Looking from the 1949 extension towards the rear tennis court, site of the new Layout gallery.
    This is the only opening added to the existing building and will provide easy, level access to the Layout gallery.


    Foundations poured to support the portal frame of the Layout gallery, which will be an interesting combination of construction methods (more in future updates).


    Some of the Heritage Conservation work being undertaken at the front of the 1918 addition to the original building.

    At a different site, work has commenced on the restoration of the Main West model railway.
    Compare this image with the one in the last newsletter.


    Here we can see a preliminary test fitting of the modules.
    (There will be adjustments made for the track toward the middle of the picture.)


    Watch this space

    The Bathurst Rail Museum will continue to keep you updated on the Museum's content development in future newsletters.


    An aerial view of the site, with Havannah street towards the top of the image.
    (Thanks Philip!)

  • Newsletter #2

    6 months ago
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    Railway Institute Building as seen from the rear.


    Construction Continues

    Construction on the Bathurst Rail institute has continued in the New Year after a short hiatus over Christmas.

    Work has focussed on the removal of hazardous materials (asbestos and lead paint) and the demolition of internal toilets. Preparation for underground stormwater and removal of some contaminated soil has also been undertaken.

    Former toilets and porch area.

    Former toilets and porch area demolished, asbestos cladding removed.
    The green double door to the right will become the new entrance.

    Public gallery, looking through shop and reception area to ticketed gallery (new entrance
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    Railway Institute Building as seen from the rear.


    Construction Continues

    Construction on the Bathurst Rail institute has continued in the New Year after a short hiatus over Christmas.

    Work has focussed on the removal of hazardous materials (asbestos and lead paint) and the demolition of internal toilets. Preparation for underground stormwater and removal of some contaminated soil has also been undertaken.

    Former toilets and porch area.

    Former toilets and porch area demolished, asbestos cladding removed.
    The green double door to the right will become the new entrance.

    Public gallery, looking through shop and reception area to ticketed gallery (new entrance to the left).
    Internal asbestos cladding removed.

    Ticketed gallery, looking back towards public gallery.
    (new entrance to the right - view in opposite direction of previous photo).

    Shop area and interior of new entrance.

    Public gallery.
    In the ceiling cavity, the roof trusses of the 1918 extension can be seen.

    Interior roof space of 1949 extension
    (compare roof truss design with those in public gallery).

    Tennis Courts, looking out from Railway Institute building.
    Area to the left will become a new building to house the Main West model railway. The front court area will be reinstated to show the sporting connections of the Railway Institute's members and their families.


    Watch this space

    The Bathurst Rail Museum will continue to keep you updated on the Museum's content development in future newsletters.

    Main West model railway in it's original home.


    How can you be involved?

    There will be many opportunities to be involved and support the development of the Bathurst Rail Museum. Information will be provided regularly through this e-newsletter.

    If you have anything that you feel could contribute to our stories we would love to hear from you. Please contact Council on 6333 6111.

    We would also like to encourage you to let other people know about our newsletter. If they are interested in going on our database, they will need to email council@bathurst.nsw.gov.au.