Over $175K awarded to heritage transport groups

Updated: Nov 27



More than $175,000 will be awarded to twelve heritage transport groups across NSW as part of this year’s Transport Heritage Grants Program.


The NSW Government funded program supports the restoration and conservation of the state’s heritage transport assets and encourages the community to rediscover the culture, events and people that helped shape transport in NSW over the past 165 years.


Transport Heritage NSW CEO, Andrew Moritz, said this year’s grants reflect the wide range of collections and interests of those in the heritage transport sector.


“The Transport Heritage Grants Program provides much needed support to the many volunteers who work tirelessly across our State to bring our rich transport history to life,” Mr. Moritz said.

“Whether it be replacing upholstery in a vintage bus, repainting a locomotive or developing museum displays and interpretation, this program is vital to heritage transport groups across the state.”


The program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) and supported by Transport Heritage NSW, received over $488k in applications from some 19 heritage transport groups across NSW.


A total of $179,536 was allocated to the following organisations and projects:


Tumbarumba Historical Society

To develop an exhibition titled, "Fettlers and their Tools".

Amount awarded: $5,970


Bathurst Rail Museum

For a three-part audio tour of the life of Ben Chifley.

Amount awarded: $14,000


Sydney Tramway Museum

To upgrade current display hall.

Amount awarded: $14,893


Australian Railway Historical Society (NSW Division)

To record the experiences of NSWGR National Servicemen.

Amount awarded: $15,000


Rail Motor Society

To digitise an irreplaceable collection of engineering drawings.

Amount awarded: $3,000


Sydney Bus Museum

For the Sydney Double Decker Bus upholstery refurbishment program.

Amount awarded: $11,644


ACT Heritage Rail Holdings

For the replacement of the roof covering for FS 2023.

Amount awarded: $11,863


Tenterfield Railway Preservation Society

For the restoration of 1914 Express Lavatory Car.

Amount awarded: $12,500


Sydney Heritage Fleet

For a commercial survey of the 1955 ferry ‘Berrima’ as well as its engine sound proofing.

Amount awarded: $13,050.


East Coast Heritage Rail

To repaint Locomotive X54.

Amount awarded: $15,000


Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway

For the major inspection and return to service of two end platform carriages.

Amount awarded: $22,616


Sydney Electric Train Society

For the repaint of Electric Loco 8649 to its original "candy" livery.

Amount awarded: $40,000.


Transport Heritage Grants are awarded under two categories: exhibition, education, interpretation or publication; and restoration, reconstruction and preservation. A major grant is awarded each year to the application deemed most worthy by the review panel.


Updates on the funded projects will be made on the THNSW social media pages.