New Thirlmere Queries

 
  TinHareRailcar Junior Train Controller

Location: oz
Hi all,

I visited Thirlmere yesterday and I just have a couple of questions regarding the new buildings that I could not figure out myself. Firstly, what will the new platform alongside the new entrance building be used for? Secondly, what will the long undercover track extending from the new entrance building heading down to the Buxton end of the museum be used for? Thirdly, will there be a new cafe inside the new entrance building? Fourthly, will they retain the steel rail-motor platform (next to the new roundhouse)? And fifthly, what will they do with the Portakabin that is the present entrance?

Thanks,

Hamish

PS: Sorry about all the backslashes in the poll question. I have no idea why it is doing that. Sorry! Crying or Very sad

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  newington Chief Commissioner

Location: Here, very occasionally.
Personally, I liked it as the old dusty museum, that lent getting around a sense of 'discovery', eg spider cobwebs, dust, dirt etc.

But from a commercial perspective, it is infinite times better to have something modern, so families can get prams in (remember the old shop? Yikes!). By making it wheelchair accessible, even though not everybody is in a wheel chair, when people see a wheelchair sign, they immediately think "I could take the little kiddies there, we could get around pretty easy!!"

My 5c (no longer 2c  Laughing )
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
As I understand the new platform which has been built down there- Will be used for trains coming from Sydney- So they can enter the Museum directly, Rather than using Thirlmere station- Thus saving a walk


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  TheFish Chief Train Controller

Location: Pyongyang
The platform is a good bit of planning I think.  
While I understand people not liking the new museums design, your can't deny that it will be a significantly better way for everything to be displayed and will hopefully attract a whole lot more visitors and successive generations of future volunteers.

Personally I liked the old workshop area.  I like workshops were there is lots of "clutter" and old bits and pieces, like Cowra depot but it is much better to have the new and much better organised roundhouse.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Personally, I liked it as the old dusty museum, that lent getting around a sense of 'discovery', eg spider cobwebs, dust, dirt etc.
"newington"


I know the sense of nostalgia you speak of, I too miss the old days of wandering around in the dust looking at the (seemingly) endless rows of locomotives and rolling stock.

Still, anything that makes the place more appealing to families and other visitors, the better. I always enjoy my visits to the RTM, they have some good stuff there, and it's only going to get better as work continues.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
I personally think a little bit of the old and new never harmed anyone- As it goes to show the evolvement of the railways from the "Early days" to the "Modern Era"


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  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
What the hell...they build a top level new museum and people whinge its too nice and new...FFS grow up. Evil or Very MadEvil or Very Mad
  newington Chief Commissioner

Location: Here, very occasionally.
What the hell...they build a top level new museum and people whinge its too nice and new...FFS grow up. Evil or Very MadEvil or Very Mad
"42101"


I wasn't whinging, I was only pointing out that I, like many people (presumably) enjoyed wandering around the dusty alleys. 8)
  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
What the hell...they build a top level new museum and people whinge its too nice and new...FFS grow up. Evil or Very MadEvil or Very Mad
"42101"


I wasn't whinging, I was only pointing out that I, like many people (presumably) enjoyed wandering around the dusty alleys. 8)
"newington"


The place was a total hole that very few people ever went to and was nothing more than a old boys club....it is now great and showcases our heritage very well and will only improve and attract the genral public in big numbers which means more $$$ to restore more Engines and Carriges/Wagons which means more to see out on the mainlines.
  newington Chief Commissioner

Location: Here, very occasionally.
What the hell...they build a top level new museum and people whinge its too nice and new...FFS grow up. Evil or Very MadEvil or Very Mad
"42101"


I wasn't whinging, I was only pointing out that I, like many people (presumably) enjoyed wandering around the dusty alleys. 8)
"newington"


The place was a total hole that very few people ever went to and was nothing more than a old boys club....it is now great and showcases our heritage very well and will only improve and attract the genral public in big numbers which means more $$$ to restore more Engines and Carriges/Wagons which means more to see out on the mainlines.
"42101"


Fair enough. I just liked the feeling of being the only person there, but that must have been Terrible for business. I like the Rail Heritage Centre concept Mr. Green[/u][/i]
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
The place was a total hole
"42101"


That's quite a strong way of putting it. Yes, it was the kind of place that only "train buffs" would be interested in, dragging the bored spouse and children along, but at least the majority was under cover. Better that than to have everything rotting to hell.

It wasn't the nicest place to visit in the middle of winter, or in a windy rain storm, but it certainly wasn't a "total hole".

One thing we can all agree on is that the work is a massive improvement. How's about we take that as common ground and move on?
  tranx Assistant Commissioner

Location: Somewhere in Southwest Sydney
I have recently bought a property in Thirlmere and one of my neighbours said to me recently that when the old Nissan huts were used as the exhibits hall and the main entrance/shop, cats from the houses across the road used to catch big fat rats. When the huts were demolished, the contractors had a fun time discovering all sorts of things.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Of course it wasn't a "hole" - Just because there weren't many there don't make it a hole - Actually it was quite nice with not many people there, Just wandering round the exhibits
  JoeT Assistant Commissioner

They should have build it to look like the Eveleigh Large  Laughing
  LesS Train Controller

Location: Behind the Camera
What the hell...they build a top level new museum and people whinge its too nice and new...FFS grow up. Evil or Very MadEvil or Very Mad
"42101"

I never thought the time would ever come, but it has.

I totally agree with this statement.
  tranx Assistant Commissioner

Location: Somewhere in Southwest Sydney
I agree that a modern museum should have been built but the architectural style is nothing like a railway station or railway -related. Apart from the new roundhouse, the main building looks like a concrete bunker - it doesnt even blend in with the streetscape of the surrounding houses.

With the initial estimate of $ 16m for the new museum, and now the costs gone higher, the money could have been better spent if the museum relocated to Goulburn where an existing roundhouse exists as well as sidings. You would only need to build a new building for the exhibits and carriage shed.

BUT, then Goulburn is too far for some folk. Thirlmere could have gone back to being a quaint and quiet town pre-1975.
  Duffy Chief Commissioner

Location: ACT
I agree that a modern museum should have been built but the architectural style is nothing like a railway station or railway -related. Apart from the new roundhouse, the main building looks like a concrete bunker - it doesnt even blend in with the streetscape of the surrounding houses.

With the initial estimate of $ 16m for the new museum, and now the costs gone higher, the money could have been better spent if the museum relocated to Goulburn where an existing roundhouse exists as well as sidings. You would only need to build a new building for the exhibits and carriage shed.

BUT, then Goulburn is too far for some folk. Thirlmere could have gone back to being a quaint and quiet town pre-1975.
"tranx"


Needed a laugh this morning....that'll do nicely.

As for the thread itself-
  mattb27j Chief Commissioner

Location: Berowra
They should have build it to look like the Eveleigh Large  Laughing
"JoeT"


I like your idea. How fire proof is the building? Just thinking of the bushfires.

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