The Lachlan Valley Railway is an Australian rail preservation society based in the New South Wales Central Western town of Cowra. It was established in 1974 to preserve former New South Wales Government Railways locomotives and rolling stock. The Lachlan Valley Railway established a base in the disused 1923 built former Cowra Roundhouse.Work out when and for how long to visit Lachlan Valley Railway Museum and other Cowra attractions using our handy Cowra attractions planner.
The Lachlan Valley Railway was formed in 1974 initially to preserve 5917 and four carriages. It would soon acquire other locomotives and form as association with the Lachlan Vintage Village, Forbes. It had become a successful operator of rail tours, with its rolling stock stabled at Parkes Locomotive Depot, including an interstate tours from Parks to Peterborough in August 1976 with 5917.
On 18 June 1977, it moved to Cowra Roundhouse. Initially allocated a couple of roads, in 1985 it took over the entire facility when the State Rail Authority vacated it.
In 1979, it commenced operating tours from Sydney to Kiama, with a base established at West Ryde in Sydney, however this was vacated in August 1987 to make way for the Northern line to expand.
Lachlan Valley Railway Museum Reviews
We went on spec and turned up at 9:00am (opening time). We were met by Ed who joined us with another couple and gave us a guided tour. Entry is by donation, which you give before you start. Let me ass... more »
Very disappointed to find it is actually closed when we arrive there at 3pm. It says the close time is 5pm in Google Map. more »
Had a great time wandering around by myself, lots to see and photograph. Had tried to find out 5 years ago but it s better signposted this time. Pity the government has closed the lines either side and so their working stock has to be stored elsewhere. Doesn't the government know that country towns need help to get tourists in to support the economy not hindrance. It's not about making a profit this year or next but to provide for the future.
Lots of steam train pieces to see from parts under repair to while steam engines undergoing heavy repair. Goods to wander around by yourself. If the gobsmacked hadn't cut off access to the rail network from both sides there would be working rolling stock here to experience. Government needs to encourage attractions like this in small town, not hinder them
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