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Office of Rail Heritage – Projects

Asset Management Approach

To facilitate the proper care and sustainable management of RailCorp's core rail heritage assets the Office of Rail Heritage (ORH) - a division of RailCorp - is applying an asset management approach and working with rail heritage organisations to conserve these assets. The portfolio of assets includes precincts (land and buildings), rolling stock and small objects.

Custody & Management Agreements

Agreements are in place with not-for profit volunteer-based rail heritage organisations which have, or take custody of, RailCorp assets and agree to maintain them under an asset management framework. In return, ORH provides funding to support the maintenance of the assets. The arrangement is covered by the terms of a Custody and Management Agreement (CMA). Find out more about the groups that make up the NSW Rail Heritage Network

RailCorp Section 170 Heritage Register Update Project

With a history spanning over 150 years, the NSW Government railways hold one of the largest collections of heritage assets in NSW.

The Office of Rail Heritage is leading RailCorp's review of its Section 170 Register.

Current status: All fieldwork and heritage assessments of existing and potential register items on the Metropolitan Network have been completed and more than half have been completed for potential items on the Regional Network.

Next Stage: Completion of all field work and assessments for items on the regional network and completion of the assessments of rolling stock items.

The final stage will be a final review on the proposed update to the register and consultation with internal stakeholders is scheduled prior to submission to the Heritage Council of NSW for endorsement. The updated register will be available in 2010

Background Under Section 170 of the NSW Heritage Act 1977, NSW State Government agencies are required to identify, conserve and manage heritage assets they own, occupy or manage. They are also required to maintain a register of heritage assets under their control known as a Section 170 Heritage and Conservation Register. A Section 170 register consists of a list of heritage assets and an assessment of the significance of each asset.

RailCorp has a considerable collection of heritage assets which are integral to its operating railway network. These assets are managed along side all our operating assets.

RailCorp also has 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). These assets are placed in the custody of volunteer-based community group across NSW.

RailCorp's Section 170 Heritage and Conservation Register is available online at

Heritage Facilities Projects

Having identified the core collection, the Office of Rail Heritage is establishing and upgrading facilities to ensure heritage fleet and small objects are appropriately accommodated. These facilities are: the i) Broadmeadow Roundhouse, ii) Large Erecting Shop and iii) Rail Heritage Centre Upgrade - find out more about the upgrade at

Through these projects the Office of Rail Heritage is actively applying an asset management approach to RailCorp's core collection of State railway heritage items and facilitating the proper care and safe and sustainable management of RailCorp owned heritage assets.

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