Lithgow State Mine Railway (LSMR) is entering an exciting new era in its evolution after a number of serious set backs in recent years, the most notable of which was the disasterous fire which destroyed the Carriage Shed in 2001. The organisation has now developed a strategy to become self-sufficient and sustainable based upon a strategic partnership with Elderton Engineering which has established its rail servicing and maintenance business at the LSMR Workshops. Elderton Engineering, together with State and Regional Development, has been instrumental in providing in excess of $170,000 to upgrade the State Mine branch and carry out extensive repairs to the two rail bridges located on the line. This work togther with the maintenance certification has provided the opportunity to operate a tourist service on the State Mine branch line.

This initiative has assured a bright future for LSMR and has facilitated a number of conservation projects, including the restoration of our passenger cars, period freight wagons, diesel locomotives and our steam locomotive 2605. Already a number of dedicated volunteers are undertaking work on these projects on a regular basis working on the locomotives, both steam and diesel as well as carriages and rail motors.

Whilst a tremendous amount of work has already been undertaken there is still a great deal to be done to make this project a reality. As with most community based projects there is always one ingredient you can never have enough of – volunteers. So if you would like to be involved with Lithgow State Mine Railway at this exciting stage of its development we would love to hear from you. You don’t have to be a “rail enthusiast” to be involved, anyone with an interest in the community or helping raise Lithgow’s tourism potential is most welcome to join up and be part of this rewarding project.

All levels of expertise are welcome; from the beginner to the expert. In fact, don’t be daunted – we will give you all the assistance and training you need – all we ask is that you come along and have a go! There are designated volunteer days but if you feel the need you can spend as much time as you like becoming involved with the many aspects of the work being undertaken.

For the outdoor types there is track maintenance and landscaping . . . in fact there is something for everybody. Working bees are held each Sunday at 9.00 am at the Lithgow State Mine Railway Workshops.

If you would like to know more about becoming involved with our projects please contact one of the following for further information.Membership of Lithgow State Mine Railway is open to anyone interested in railways and developing the State MIne Branch into a tourist operation.

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Have you always wanted to work on the railway or just be part of an exciting new community based project?

Would you like to join in and help a happy band of community minded individuals and some friendly rail enthusiasts? If YES, then come along to our working bees which are held every Saturday from 9am to 4pm at the Lithgow State Mine Railway Workshops.

You will meet our Volunteer Services Coordinator and be taken on a tour showcasing our diverse range of activities, to give you an idea where your talents, expertise and interests might be best suited.

Being part of our restoration and maintenance team might be up your alley, or you might even aspire to become a train driver. You can help maintain the railway tracks, grounds or play an important part in the line side presentation group.

Almost anything is possible and you will be helping us to develop and maintain a wonderful community asset as well as playing your part to establish an integrated tourist attraction for Lithgow.

We look forward to your company soon. Please contact Ben Hudson on 0432 843 870 or Michael Wilson 0427 455 580 for more information or you can email us at


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