Eskbank Locomotive Depot

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Eskbank Locomotive Depot

Celebrate Lithgow 2013 saw the launch of the concept plans for the development of the Eskbank Wagon Maintenance and Training Centre as well as the Eskbank Locomotive Depot and Museum.

Erected on the most eastern part of the Eskbank yard will be a replica engine shed together with the installation of a Sellers 60' turntable which has already been delivered to the site. This part of the development will faithfully recreate the Eskbank locomotive depot as it was built in 1886 and will house the museum's locomotives and rolling stock. This area will become the centrepiece of a working museum dedicated to showcasing the history and the importance the railway played in developing Lithgow as the "Birmingham of Australia" at the turn of the last century.

The museum's collection will be made up of locomotives and rolling stock relocated from the Lithgow State Mine site to the Eskbank Rail Heritage Centre. Once established there is also the possibility of showcasing other preserved locomotives from other heritage groups on long and shortterm arrangements.

However, the corner stone of this project relies on the establishment of a fully equipped, modern railway workshop building which will handle all facets of wagon maintenance including wheel turning as well as providing storage for the museum's rolling stock and locomotives.

This will provide an opportunity to develop a working museum to showcase Lithgow's unique rail heritage and will create a synergy with other tourist attractions in the vicinity to encourage visitors to prolong their stay in the town.

The Eskbank Wagon Maintenance & Carriage Restoration Facility and living Museum project has FINALLY been shortlisted to compete for funding to make the dream a reality!

Proposed development of Eskbank Rail Heritage Precinct Layout Plan

Proposed development of Eskbank Rail Heritage Precinct
Layout Plan

Proposed Eskbank Wagon Maintenance & Storage Facility

Proposed Eskbank Wagon Maintenance & Storage Facility

Proposed Replica Eskbank Locomotive Running Shed

Proposed Replica Eskbank Locomotive Running Shed

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This project is unique and is based in Lithgow but we need to illustrate that the community supports it. The project involves the construction of a state-of-the-art Wagon Maintenance and Carriage Restoration Facility together with the rebuilding of the Eskbank Locomotive Depot 3 road running shed as a ‘living Museum’ dedicated to showcasing Lithgow’s rich rail heritage. The 60’ Sellers turntable complete with the sandstone surrounds will also be re-instated making it the only one of its kind left in NSW.

This project will result in new tourism initiatives, new job/training opportunities and support the ongoing development of niche railway engineering sectors which would otherwise be lost. This is a competitive process and a race against time so we are asking for the community to show their support by visiting our our Facebook page and simply commenting – “I support the Eskbank Wagon Maintenance & Carriage Restoration Facility and living Museum project”. If you want to say more in support then please do!

Thank you for supporting this initiative and helping to make the dream a reality!


Contact Us:

PO Box 350
Lithgow NSW 2790

Phone: 0427 455 580

Email: inquiries@eskbankrailheritage.com.au

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