News: Share a special anniversary at Valley Heights Rail Museum on 28 April 2019
Famous 46 class electric locos were used at Valley Heights Depot for the very last time in April 1989.
Share some time on Sunday 28 April to reflect on the end of an era at Valley Heights. The 105 year old Roundhouse at the Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum saw many changes over its life as a railway Depot, for steam engines from 1914 until 1957, then electric until closure in 1988. The 30th anniversary of the very last loco movement from the Depot (in April 1989) is being marked with some extra activities. The Museum is giving rare pride of place to one of its biggest exhibits when electric loco 4601 will be wheeled out of its usual resting place for all to enjoy in the light of day, while cab visits will enable visitors to experience the driver’s eye view from this 132 ton giant. Carefully researched new interpretative panels will tell the story of this 46 class of locomotives, and will bring to life their successful track record. On delivery, they were the most powerful in Australia, designed to pull the heaviest coal trains.
During the day, former Valley Heights railwaymen will chat about the life and times of the 46 class locos and their own experiences from the period as they reminisce about the ‘Good Old Days’.
As usual, there will be 20 minute Steam Train rides on the ‘Valley Heights Mixed’, led by 1899 loco ‘Stevo’ the tank engine, operated by the Steam Tram and Railway Preservation Society. All the Museum’s regular exhibits and activities will be available, including the two model rooms, audio-visual experiences, historical displays, café, shop and more. Visit at 17b Tusculum Road, Valley Heights.
Open from 10am - 4pm (last rides at 3.30) so make sure you join in this once in a generation event!