After a rough few years, the Canberra Railway Museum is back on track with a treat for vintage train buffs this Easter long weekend.
Canberra Railway Museum’s John Cheeseman, who has been volunteering there for more than 30 years, said the museum got into financial difficulties back in 2016.
“A group of us then set up a new charity and we acquired what was left of the museum from the liquidator or the previous operator, and we’ve re-opened the museum and got it back up,” he said.
There was also a fire at museum just hours before it was due to reopen in October 2019
With the museum up and running, and if there are no COVID lockdowns or bad weather delays, John can’t wait for the return of the traditional train rides over Easter.
“We are really looking forward to the Easter long weekend, we’ve been trying to run it for the past two years, and now we’re happy it’s finally moving forward,” he said.
Over the Easter long weekend, the 1950s Picnic Train will steam between Canberra and Bungendore three times daily, tracking through tunnels to the Molonglo Gorge.
The Picnic Train is one of the D59 Class 2-8-2 ‘Mikado’ steam locomotives used by NSW Government Railways from the 1950s until the end of steam operations in the 1970s.
John said the steam engine train would come down to Canberra from Sydney for the weekend.
“We will also have the Canberra Railway Museum open to the public, where we will have our other events and other items on display,” John said.
The Easter trips are sold out, but they’re planning on running The Picnic Train on the Anzac Day long weekend.