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Photo: Bruce Gehrig

The Society was established in 1984 as a not-for-profit organisation to collect, preserve and operate a representative fleet of NSW Government Railways rail motors. The Society's collection of rolling stock, was listed on the NSW State Heritage Register in 2002. The heritage listed collection of eleven (11) rail motors includes Rail Motor No.3, the oldest surviving and operating rail motor in NSW, the only operating 400 Class rail motor and the only three surviving 600/700 Class rail motors still in their original 1949 condition.

In addition to our own heritage listed collection, the Society also manages 620 Class 2-car diesel train NPF 621 and NTC 721 and shunting locomotive 7344 under custody agreements from Transport Heritage NSW. These rolling stock items are part of RailCorp's core heritage fleet and are also listed on the State Heritage Register.

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Restored Rail Motor No.3 at Telarah in 2017
Photo: Bruce Gehrig

We're committed to connecting the community with the State's railway heritage and history through our rolling stock management, our tourist operations and ourparticipation in rail events across NSW. Whether restoring a historic rail motor or helping the community to understand how rail transport in NSW has evolved since its humble beginnings in 1855 creates greater appreciation for what we have today. Every contribution helps bring our rail heritage to life.

Your support is greatly appreciated by the Society's team, as well as those who share our passion for preserving and sharing Australian history.

The Society is endorsed by the Australian Tax Office and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission as a Deuctible Gift Recipient. This means that donations of $2 or more made to the Society are tax deductible.

Here are three ways you can help ...

1. DONATE TO THE RAIL MOTOR SOCIETY

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620 Class 2-car Diesel Train NPF 621 and NTC 721 at Telarah in 2017
Photo: Bruce Gehrig

General donations enable us to:

  • Restore and maintain heritage rolling stock, such as historic rail motors and ancilliary equipment
  • Conduct authentic heritage passenger services, events and tours to connect communities with the past
  • Deliver education presentations for school groups, senior groups, transport heritage enthusiasts and the general public
  • Manage our depot, museum and facilities to ensure high quality service for all visitors

These activities help preserve significant historical objects, facilitate unique present-day experiences and enable learning opportunities for future generations.

2. LEAVE A BEQUEST

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400 Class Rail Motor HPC 402 at Telarah in 2017
Photo: Bruce Gehrig

You may wish to leave a legacy by gifting funds or items to THNSW directly in your Will. If you are creating or updating your Will, we suggest contacting a legal advisor to ensure your Will is valid and your wishes are expressed correctly.

The following guidelines may be used in consultation with your advisors when drafting or updating your Will.

Unrestricted Bequest

I give [my estate] or [portion/the residue of my estate] or [the sum of $_______] to The Rail Motor Society Incorporated (TRMS) for its general purposes. I declare that the receipt of the authorised officer of TRMS for the gift shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees.

Specific Purpose Bequest

I give [my estate] or [portion/the residue of my estate] or [the sum of $_______] to The Rail Motor Society Incorporated (TRMS) and I express the wish without creating a binding trust that the funds be used and applied for the purposes of _______________________ or, if the purpose no longer exists, for a similar purpose at the discretion of TRMS. I declare that the receipt of the authorised officer of TRMS for the gift shall be sufficient discharge to my trustees.

Please note, while TRMS cannot offer legal advice, we can answer your questions about the life-changing good a gift in your Will would do.

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73 Class Locomotive 7344 at Eveleigh in 2018
Photo: Bruce Agland

3. OTHER DONATIONS

To discuss other offers such as in-kind donations or donations of artifacts or equipment, please contact the Secretary on (02) 4954 4904 or Email.

4. TAX DEDUCTIBILTY

The Rail Motor Society is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) by the Australian Tax Office. All donations of $2 and over are allowable as a tax deductions. For confirmation of our DGR, please refer to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission web site acnc.gov.au.