The Office of Rail Heritage Report
With Sydney Trains and NSW Trains being established from 1 July 2013, RailCorp's heritage functions have been reassigned. While RailCorp will continue to own all railway assets, Sydney Trains, with the assistance of heritage staff, will ensure that heritage obligations in relation to the operating network are met. The management arrangements for heritage assets currently assigned to community organisations under Custody Management Agreements will change, Transport for NSW will lead this change. www.transport.nsw.gov.au
As the six year journey of the Office of Rail Heritage (ORH) comes to a crossroads it is timely to reflect on what has been achieved through working with others in partnership. Read further...
The Office of Rail Heritage was a business unit of Rail Corporation NSW (RailCorp). RailCorp's core function was to deliver safe, clean and reliable passenger services. RailCorp provided metropolitan passenger rail services via CityRail and long distance services via CountryLink.
RailCorp had one of the largest portfolios of heritage assets in NSW, including buildings such as stations, signal boxes and residences, and moveable items ranging from rolling stock to equipment and furniture. Many of these assets are integral to the railway network and experiences of its customers.
Most heritage buildings and structures were looked after by RailCorp's Asset Operations group and Property Division. There are also heritage assets which no longer play a part in RailCorp's day-to-day railway operations, these were cared for by the Office of Rail Heritage.
RailCorp's Office of Rail Heritage was established in 2006 to implement a strategy for the sustainable management of a portfolio of RailCorp's heritage assets to ensure a future for a core collection of these valuable and historically significant State-owned railway heritage assets. The Strategy builds on the proud tradition of conservation by many volunteer based groups and individuals throughout NSW. Each of them has an interest in some part of the State's 150 years of railway history.
Through a range of projects the Office of Rail Heritage achieved the Strategy by:
- applying an asset management approach to RailCorp's heritage items and collaboration with the other RailCorp business groups to update RailCorp's Section 170 Heritage and Conservation Register,
- working with railway heritage groups and strategic partners to conserve RailCorp's core heritage assets.
- supporting the development and transfer of heritage conservation skills between generations. Find out more about Rolling stock restoration projects including the Pay Bus Restoration and locomotive 3801 overhaul project. These projects attract railway staff past and present to share scarce skills.
- valuing and building on railway heritage volunteering through the Skills transfer and volunteering projects.