Canberra's historical railway society is hoping to stave off a vote of no confidence in its leadership by adopting a more professional approach to running what has become a $2.5 million a year business and tourism flagship.
Straight up, I have a real soft spot for railway stations. Especially disused ones in nearby historic colonial towns that don’t involve breaking any pesky trespassing laws to look at.
Situated 45km south of Sydney CBD, Helensburgh township (FKA Camp Creek) was established in the 1880s as a workers’ camp for the influx of coal miners who flocked there when coal was discovered, with much fanfare in 1884.
It was a massive day at the depot last Monday with 2 cranes arriving in order to perform the very rare event of lifting J515 off the tracks for maintenance. Our team worked throughout the day to lift the loco and remove the wheels and axle boxes for cleaning, whilst also checking the axle box bearings and beginning to prepare the chassis for painting.