Monday 24 September 2013
Work continues on the Goods Shed with the replacement of decking almost completed. The steps are currently being rebuilt.
Next task will be to scrape off the flaking paint on the exterior cladding before painting with two coats of primer and two coats of the finish colour. The Goods Shed is being painted to match the Station Building.
The platform Barge wall timber is slowly being replaced where required. This process is expected to take quite some time but is necessary in order to return the station to its former glory.
The Loading Ramp on the Platform is now complete. It recreates what was there in 1917 prior to the extension of the station building with the addition of the Out Of/Parcels Roo
Monday 29 July 2013
Another successful working bee last Friday and Saturday saw work continue on the precinct cleanup and some work on the Goods Shed decking. Both of these activities will continue as time permits.
Now that the required extra paint is on site, work will take place over coming months to clean and paint the exterior of the Goods Shed.
A library is being set up in the Waiting Room for both members and visitors to read various railway books which have been donated. Various pre-loved railway magazines will also be available for sale at the station for a gold coin donation each.
The start of the new Library in the Waiting Room.
Some of the pre-loved magzines that will be for sale
Monday 10 June 2013
On Saturday June 8, during the Festival of Fleeces at Merriwa In the Upper Hunter, the newly created Museum, located in the Stationmaster's Office and Ticket Office was officially opened at 10.30 am.
A crowd of around 50 people gathered on the station platform near the Ticket Office door where Tony Israel, the Operations Manager from Xstrata's Mangoola Coal gave a speech and cut the ribbon to mark the official opening. The City of Maitland Pipes and Drums were in attendance as part of the Festival and kindly came up to the Station and played some tunes before and after the ceremony.
Visitors young and old witnessed this event on a cold and foggy morning. A vintage car even visited for the event. This project has created a lot of interest from former residents of Merriwa and visitors from around the state, interstate and overseas. A backpacker from Germany visited the station on Saturday afternoon.
Many visitors told of their trips via the Railmotor service from Merriwa to Muswellbrook. Some could remember the carriage of freight to Merriwa for the farmers and businesses of the area. Society member Jan Cronin, who works at the Merriwa Pharmacy, is taking account of these stories, so if you are visiting Merriwa anytime in the future we encourage you to make contact with Jan.
The day was very successful for the Merriwa Railway Society Incorporated and it’s members as there was a regular stream of visitors all day, with a brief break while the Street Parade was on.
I on behalf of the Society would like to Thank The City of Maitland Pipes and Drums for their excellent performance, Tony Israel from Mangoola Coal, Tony Swallow from the Upper Hunter Shire Council, Society Volunteers who made this day possible, the Festival of the Fleeces Committee for organising such an excellent event that our Society is proud to be a part of, Our other Supporters and the visitors to the station precinct during the day.
A photo from the Official opening of the Museum at the Merriwa Railway Station
25th of May 2013
Our group's next working bee is on the 1st of June 2013.
On the 8th of June 2013, a representative from the Xstrata Coal company will be officially opening our Museum.
The Xstrata Coal company is our Major Sponsor.
This will happen at 10.30 am on the Saturday of the Festival of Fleeces weekend.
7th of May 2013
The Merriwa Railway Society Incorporated has more News to tell our supporters/members and friends.
Our last working bee was held on the 3rd and 4th of May, with a lot of work achieved.
Check out our Working Bee Diary on the Home page if you wish to attend our next working bee.
Planning is in an advanced stage for the restoration of the Platform face and the rebuilding of the Lamp room/Gentlemans facility.
More photos have been donated to the group which will go on display in the Museum for the Official opening which is to be held in June.
We have been fortunate to have now had two bus loads of visitors to the Station, with feedback saying that they were very impressed with what we had achieved.
Our Photo gallery will be updated in the next few days also. If you have an interest in the Merriwa Railway Station Project, come on up to Merriwa on one of our Working Bee days and check out the site and our Museum in the Station.
The number of hours that has been worked at the MRSI project has risen to 1492.35 hours. As an example, if our volunteers were paid $25.00 per hour, the Community of Merriwa has been saved a total of $37,308.75. That is a huge amount of money. Well done to everbody that has been involved in this project.
The MRSI Team.
20th April 2013
Some very exciting things have happened over the last few week. Yesterday, the 19th of April the Merriwa Railway Society Incorporated were presented with another Cheque from Xstrata Coal.
The cheque was for $5,000.00 to help with the Restoration Project. Xstrata Coal have now donated $7,000.00 to the Project which is absolutely fantastic. Many thanks to the company for their help with the Project.
We also received a Government grant to start work on the Lamp Room/Gentleman's facility.
The restoration of the Platform Face is progressing, with Sleepers purchased to do the repairs.
Platform lighting is on the agenda for this year as well.
Later in the year we will be having an official opening of our Museum.
If you are interested in this project, come up to Merriwa on the 4th of May when we will hold our next Working Bee.
Station looking a Million Dollars.
Photos taken on the 6th of April 2013.
The gate sign below is designed the same as the Station building signs which were created from Railcorp/Office of Rail Heritage drawings.
March 2nd 2013
Another 4 new members joined today. More display items have been added to the Museum, which is fantastic news. Many thanks to those who have donated items to the Museum. Another great working bee today with lots of things being achieved, Many thanks to our Volunteers
A two day working bee was held on the 15th and 16th of Feb2013, a lot of work was acheived. A total of 1386 hours has been worked on the project That is a saving of $34,650.00 for the community of Merriwa so far. More News is to follow with photos.