Grants, Heritage, Social Governance

ARTC helps rail museum celebrate 75 years

The Junee Roundhouse Rail Museum in New South Wales recently celebrated 75 years since its official opening with a three-day extravaganza, supported by the Australian Rail Track Corporation Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

The Junee Roundhouse is the largest of the few surviving, working railway roundhouses in the Southern Hemisphere. The museum opened to the public at the end of 1947 and continues to display major exhibits to tourists and locals in southern NSW.

The 75th anniversary celebrations spanned over three days of family fun, including the Kapooka Army Band playing each day, train rides from Junee Station, model railways and vintage cars on display, movies at the Athenium Theatre, and 1940s dress and suitcase races.

The event was free for the whole community to enjoy with plenty of food and drink stalls, and entertainment for the kids.

Inland Rail supported the promotion of the celebrations as part of the Community Sponsorships and Donations program.

Inland Rail Director of Health, Safety and Environment Stephen Jones said ARTC was proud to give back to the communities that were home to the project.

“The work these organisations do is instrumental to the wellbeing of regional communities,” he said.

“I encourage other non-profit groups to lodge their applications for the next round of funding.”

The Inland Rail Community Sponsorships and Donations program offers funding between $1000–$4000 for organisations in eligible regional areas along the Inland Rail route.

The funding supports organisations that contribute to local and regional prosperity, wellbeing, and sustainability.

Applications for the current round of funding close on October 31, 2022.