Above is another photo from Ron Preston's collection circa 1970's. Note the rail lines are clear of grass and weeds. Our aim is to get the rail sidings and yard looking like this.
Work on the ladies room continues as time and resources permit with work to be carried out in the next few months to replace the rear window glass in the Ladies Room and build a new seat.
Preparation works are underway on this project with final approvals from John Holland Rail to carry out the work pending.
Stage 1 will involve the replacement of the worn out timber plaform coping with suitable hardwood timber currently being sourced. Purchased 2nd hand railway sleepers will be used as the top edging.
Stage 2 will see the top layer of the plaform surface dug out and levelled with a 50mm layer of gravel laid out to complete the project.
Stage 3 will see another hedge planted and solar powered lighting installed to enchance the ambience of the station platform.
Work is now underway on this Project with the timber decking being replaced as required. The external cladding is being cleaned before painting can commence.The timber sliding doors and lining are being painted as time permits.
Site Cleanup as of May 2013
Due to various periods of inclement weather over the previous two years the grass kept growing like crazy.
With the recent improvement in the weather a fresh attempt over April and May 2013 has seen the grass control efforts intensify with a large portion of the site cleaned up once again.
This continues at the silo end of the precinct with a small team to continue to carry out the work over winter and Spring with the goal of having the site completely free of long grass and weeds.
Weedspraying has been undertaken again on all uncovered sections of rail line in the precinct and will now be generally be undertaken every three months.
Plans have been formulated to rebuild the Gentlemen's Toilet with Lamp Room.
The original, which was demolished in 1988, was a standard design 'C1' type and was of corrugated iron and timber construction.
Above is a photo of a similar structure located at Nimmitabel, sourced from the Stations past Website.
Permission has been granted for the MRSI to use the above photo from Dave Phillips and Micheal Lee, the Webmasters of the Stationspast Website.
The MRS is currently fundraising to purchase sleepers to restore the Merriwa yard and railway track into the long term.
You can help the society by becoming a part of the "Sleeper Club" For just $25.00 you can puchase a sleeper which will help the society in the rebuilding of the railway. Your sleeper will have a small plaque with your name on it in place.
You will also be recorded in our special hardcover donation book and receive a certificate recognising your valuable contribution.
To view past projects click here