The Office of Rail Heritage is a business unit of Rail Corporation NSW (RailCorp). RailCorp's core function is to deliver safe, clean and reliable passenger services. RailCorp provides metropolitan passenger rail services via CityRail and long distance services via CountryLink.
RailCorp has considerable heritage assets which are integral to the railway network and experiences of its customers. This includes Central Station which is over 100 years young. Many are so significant they are listed on the Section 170 Register.
There is also a collection of heritage assets which no longer play a part in day-to-day railway operations. These include fixed assets such as station buildings, as well as moveable heritage items (ranging from rolling stock to equipment and furniture).
In June 2006, the NSW Government endorsed the Sustainable Rail Heritage Management Strategy to ensure a future for a core collection of these valuable and historically significant State-owned railway heritage assets. The Strategy builds on the proud tradition of conservation by many volunteer based groups and individuals throughout NSW. Each of them has an interest in some part of the State's 150 years of railway history.
The Office of Rail Heritage was established within RailCorp in 2006 to implement the Strategy; through a range of projects it is:
- applying an asset management approach to RailCorp's heritage items. Current projects include updating RailCorp's Section 170 Heritage Register and heritage facilities projects at Broadmeadow, Large Erecting Shop and Rail Heritage Centre at Thirlmere
- working with railway heritage groups and strategic partners to conserve RailCorp's core heritage assets.
- supporting the development and transfer of heritage conservation skills between generations. Find out more about the Pay Bus Restoration through the Ca$h on Track exhibition or Rolling stock restoration projects including the locomotive 3801 overhaul project. These projects attract railway staff past and present to share scare skills.
- valuing and building on railway heritage volunteering through the Skills transfer and volunteering projects.