In 2012 the Australian Railways Monument (ARM Management Co) and Rail Journeys Museum applied for a grant from the Shenhua Watermark Community Fund. The ARM was developed to support and promote the significant role that railways have played in the history and development of Australia and in particular the founding of Werris Creek as a railway town.
The purpose of the funding was two-fold. The first was to provide for additional display areas encompassing state of the art audio visual presentations on standalone equipment that will enhance visitor's experience of the Museum, provide additional information and education, and increase visitor numbers. The second was to build an interactive railway display that that could tell the story of the people involved in the chain from the coal face until the coal is unloaded at the various industries that used it or loaded into a ship for export.
The ARM was successful in their application for a grant of $97,960.00 and the project is almost completed with an official opening expected to be held early in 2017.
Chris Olley, President of ARM, said, "With only 36 volunteers the Project has been a long process but we gratefully acknowledge the "Hand of Friendship" that has been extended by Shenhua in providing the funding to enable the construction of the large model railway display and the two large screen televisions for the audio and visual display."
Chris Olley, President of the ARM, and volunteer Greg Ford inspecting recent work completed on the model railway display.
Picture of model railway showing underground rail system for movement of trains through the display.
Train turntable and coal loading station.