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Over $180,000 awarded in 2023 Transport Heritage Grants Program


Heritage transport groups from across NSW have received more than $180,000 as part of the 2023 Transport Heritage Grants Program.

Out of the fourteen groups awarded with grants totaling $184,883, nine will receive funds to restore, reconstruct or preserve an item, while four groups have received grants in the exhibition, interpretation, education, or publication category and one for a new category in audience development, accessibility, and inclusion. In total, 19 applications were received for a total of $369,052 in funding.

The two major recipients this year include Capital Region Heritage Rail, who received $25,000 for the restoration of locomotive 3016 to mainline operations, and the Sydney Bus Museum, who received $23,650 for the restoration of their State Rail Denning Coach.

Also of note is Balranald Southern Cross Inc.'s successful application for $12,890 to develop interpretation boards on the history of transport in the town, which is situated some 850km from Sydney.


The 2023 Transport Heritage NSW Grants Program recipients are as follows:

Restoration, reconstruction, or preservation

Capital Region Heritage Rail - $25,000

Restoration of locomotive 3016 to mainline operations

Sydney Bus Museum Ltd - $23,650

Restoration of State Rail Denning Coach

Sydney Heritage Fleet - $15,000

The Kanangra’s Main Deck - between staircase restoration plus no. 1 diesel generator restoration

10 Class Locomotives Limited - $15,000

Axle box, ashpan repairs, boiler inspection and testing of locomotive number 18.

Richmond Vale Preservation Co-operative Society - $15,000

New saddle tank for Marjorie

New England Railway - $8,167

Completion of internal restoration 635-765

Balranald Southern Cross Inc - $12,890

Interpretation boards that tell the story of transport history within the Balranald shire

Sydney Electric Train Society - $3,909

Repainting of electric Locomotive 4627

Goulburn Crookwell Heritage Railway - $1,887

Exterior painting of NSW GR Pay bus FP10


Exhibition, interpretation, education or publication

Sydney Bus Museum Ltd - $10,692

Remembering the Public transport Commission publication

Sydney Tramway Museum - $9,825

Digitising the archive of 16mm film

Australian Railway Historical Society NSW - $7,000

Development of the "NSW Rail History Trail"

Australian Railway Historical Society NSW - $8,000

Book publication: Railways to the Riverina 1855-1886 - personalities, policies and resources

Audience development, accessibility, and inclusion

Illawarra Light Rail Museum - $28,836

Accessible toilet facilities The Transport Heritage Grants Program is a NSW Government funded program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society (RAHS) and THNSW. The 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. Updates on the funded projects will be made on the THNSW social media pages.

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