November 2020 - HPC 402 Returns from successful project.

402 returned home to Paterson on 11 November following an intensive 6-week project measuring the overhead contact wiring in the metropolitan area. After travelling to Sydney on 2 October, the testing equipment was installed at the Large Erecting Shop at Eveleigh and the first revenue operation from Mortdale to Coal Cliff took place in the early morning of 5 November. This was followed up with another 20 early morning runs over the following weeks. The project proved very successful, identifying a number of problematic locations on the network.

October 2020 - Society services recommence.

As a result of the easing of Government restrictions, the Society has developed an approved Covid-19 Safety Plan for its passenger operations. The first operation under the plan was a Gulgong service on the October long weekend for Greenhills Travel. The weekend proved a success with three local trips being run from Gulgong to Dunedoo on the Sunday lay day. The Society is pleased to welcome Greenhills Travel as a new customer and we look forward to further operations with them in 2021.

August 2020 - Society Wins Sydney Trains Contract.

The Scoiety was successful in tendering for the provision of HPC 402 to carry out inspections of the overhead wiring in the SSydney Trains area. The project will involve the fitting of a panotgraph to the No.1 End of 402 to carry out the inspection work. Work is expected to commence in early October and run for about 6-7 weeks. The testing equipment will be provided from Germany and 402 will be based at the Large Erecting Shop at Eveleigh for the duration of the project. The Society is grateful to Transport Heritage NSW for making space in the LES available to us. The Society is contracted for five years for this work.

July 2020 - Society Depot Expanded.

Following protracted negotiations with the ARTC, the Society has been able to expand its Depot lease to include the abandoned siding off the end of the Goods Siding - originally known as the "Williams Branch". A grant of $7,000 from the Federal Government under the Building Better Communities Program assisted with the construction of a new security fence to incorporate the siding into our Depot precinct. The points connecting the siding to the Goods Siding were reinstated by ARTC in August 2020.

June 2020 - Major Drainage project completed.

The final component of Paterson Depot's drainage system was completed in mid-June. The project invoved piping the open drain along the north western side of the shed. 100 metres of concrete pipe, eight drainage pits and one headwall were laid resulting in the formation for No.4 Road being completed at the same time. Branch lines were laid to collect runoff from culverts under Webbers Creek Road to minimise future local flooding events. An access road was also completed to allow vehicular access between the top and bottom of the depot. The work was assisted by a $20,000 grant from the Federal Government under the Communities Environment Program.

March 2020 - Society services suspended.

As a result of Government restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Society has suspended all passenger services, Open Days, Depot inspections and workdays until further notice.

February 2020 - New Tractor for the Depot.

As our old tractor had reached the end of its economic life, the Board decided to purchase a new Mahindra tractor for work around the depot. A number of additional implements were also purchased. We were fortunate to find a buyer for the old tractor.

February 2020 - 623/723 delivered to Broadmeadow.

Under instructions from Transport Heritage NSW the Society delivered NPF 623 and NTC 723 from CFCLA's workshop at Goulburn to NSW Trains Broadmeadow Maintenance Centre for attention to a number of systems. The delivery was undertaken in conjunction with an Albury tour for Cruise Express.

January 2020 - Additional concrete flooring.

Additional concrete flooring has been poured in the shed. The additional area covers No.2 Road in the vicinity of the lifting frame and provides a fully level concrete area around the lifting frame for bogie maintenance.

December 2019 - CPH 1 Commences Body Maintenance.

Under a grant from Transport Heritage NSW, work has commenced on the replacement of the timber ends of CPH 1. The portions of the body have not received comprehensive maintenance since their original reconstruction in 1994-1995.

October 2019 - 7344 Receives a new paint job.

In preparation for its new Indian Red and Yellow repaint, 7344's body work has been completely stripped and sandblasted down to bare metal. The body doors were removed and rusted panels have been re-sheeted. The cab interior has been repainted and Bostrom driver's seats fitted. Completion is expected by mid-2020.

June 2019 - 7344 Fitted With Buffers.

In preparation for further works in the Depot, buffers were fitted to the No.2 End of 7344. This will facilitate the shunting of our older rolling stock. Thanks to all concerned for their efforts. 7344 is also undergoing preparatory work for a new paint job that will return it to its original Indian Red and Yellow colour scheme.

June 2019 - 621 Goes In For Engine Change.

Following a significant engine failure at Albury, 621/721 was transferred to the Broadmeadow Maintenance Centre on 18 June for a planned change of both engines and tranmsissions. Two new main fuel tanks will also be fitted. Work is funded by an S2 Grant from Transport Heritage NSW.

June 2019 - CPH's at Transport Expo 2019.

Our three CPH's journeyed to Sydney to participate in the Transport Expo 2019 run by Transport Heritage NSW. Our participation was running excursions to Olympic Park and the Metropolitan Goods Lines. This was a very well organised event and we look forward to participating again next year.

May 2019 - Annual General Meeting.

The Society's Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 11 May 2019. The President thanked retiring Board members for their contribution during the past year, and the line managers presented their regular reports. Five of the members retired in rotation and were eligible for re-election. Following the AGM, the Board met and elected the Office-bearers for the ensuing year. The Board for 2019-2020 is:


Arthur Burgess

Vice President:

Rodney Short


Michael Walsh


Trish Short

Asst. Sectry/Treas:

Bruce Agland

Board Members:

Kaye Burgess

Bruce Greenham

Graeme Holloway

Eric Larkins

John Ridden

Spencer Ross

After 9 years' service, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Davies has decided to retire from her position on the Board. We thank Cheryl for her long service to the Board. Kaye Burgess was appointed to fill the casual vacancy. Stephen Davies did not seek re-election and we welcome Graeme Holloway as our newest Board member.

April 2019 - TAM and BR Restoration.

Work has been progressing with the cleaning and restoration of the TAM and BR for on-site overnight accommodation for visiting passengers and crew. The work has involved the installation of a new kitchen area in the BR and the preparation of the TAM berths for occupancy. Work has been carried out by our own members and our thanks go all concerned for their efforts.

March 2019 - Open Days.

Due to public demand, the Board has introduced local runs to Wallarobba on our third Saturday Open Days. Two shuttle trips using CPH 3 are planned each day. This will be reduced to one trip during the winter months (June to August). The new service has proved popular, adding another attraction to our museum exhibits on the Open Days.

March 2019 - 629/729 Departs.

620 Class set 629/729, owned by Goodwin Alco Pty Ltd has been resident at Paterson since 2009. The Society was unable to reach a satisfactory agreement with the owners for its future restoration and operation and it was agreed that 629/729 would be removed. The set departed Paterson under the power of 42103 on 15 March.

March 2019 - CPH Body Restoration.

Work on the replacement of the external wooden sides on CPH 1 has been completed. Despite the length of time since the side walls were last replaced (over 20 years), only a couple of studs and one door pillar required replacing. Work was carried out by Glen Davies over a 6 week period, assisted by some members as required. Painting was completed by member Peter Macfarlane. The work was funded by an S3 Funding Grant from Transport Heritage NSW.

December 2018 - 7344 Delivery Run.

After many months of planning and preparatory works, 7344 was delivered to Paterson on 28 December. The date was made available by a window in Sydney Trains Christmas shutdown schedule. After a minor overheating problem at Flemington, 7344 arrived in Paterson on schedule. Thanks to Tim Elderton and his team from Lithgow Railway Workshops for their work servicing the loco ready for transfer to Paterson. As 7344 was delivered without buffers, the Society has acquired a set of four from Richmond Vale Railway and these will be installed in due course. Thanks to all involved in the transfer.

December 2018 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The Society's annual Volunteer of the Year Awards were presented at the Christmas function held at Club Macquarie on Saturday, 15 December. These awards recognise the tremendous efforts made by our volunteer workforce during the current year. The awards were voted on by the volunteers themselves and they represent true recognition of their efforts by their peers. The recipients were:

  • 2018 Winner: Trish Short
  • 2018 Runner Up: Jim Lambkin
  • 2018 Encouragement Awards: Greg Duncan & Bruce Greenham

38 members and their partners enjoyed an excellent Christmas lunch and thanks go to Bev and Mick Walsh for organising the event and to Club Macquarie for providing the venue and an excellent meal.

December 2018 - Society Helps SMR Celebrate 125 Years.

South Maitland Railways celebrated their 125th Anniversary on the weekend of 8-9 December. Our 620 set ran services between East Greta Junction and Bellbird Junction while our CPH's ran services between East Greta Junction and Abermain. In order to facilitate the operations of the two trains, the normal single staff section was temporarily split into two for the weekend. We congratulate SMR on their 125th birthday.

November 2018 - Brisbane Driver Retires.

After 46 years in the rail industry, Brisbane driver Laurie Parsons and long time Society supporter has retired. We wish Laurie and his wife all the best for their future in retirement. Laurie's last job with us was the Novemebr Cruise Express Brisbane charter.

November 2018 - All Three Trains Out Together.

6 November saw all three of our trains togther at Muswellbrook at lunch time. 621/721 and our three CPH's were runing tours to the Muswellbrook Race Club's Melbourne Cup event, while 402 arrived after a five-day western excursion for the ARHS(NSW) 402 Club. This is the first time all three of our trains have been togther away from the Depot on revenue activities.

September 2018 - 721 Bogie Change.

621/721 journeyed to the Broadmeadow Maintenance Centre (BMC) for bogie change on NTC 721. Kings Engineering had previously refurbished the two bogies and these were installed at the BMC with the assistance of the Sydney Trains Emergency Response Team. Thanks to Shaun Kalverla and his team at BMC and the Emergency Response Team for their assistance with this project.

September 2018 - Society Supports Our Farmers.

To support the deperate needs of our drought affected farmers the Society operated two fundraising trips to Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water. Our activities included a monster raffle and a Garden Party hosted by Trish and Rod Short. We raised over $12,000 for the "Need For Feed" campaign. Thanks and our congratulations to Trish Short for leading the fundraising effort.

July 2018 - Society Acquires Loco 7344.

Following a successful submission, the Society has acquired 73 Class sunting locomotive under a custody agreement with Transport Heritage NSW. 7344 will deployed as a shunter at Paterson and also will provide us with a vehicle capable of recovering all of our rolling stock in the event of a major failure in traffic (a point raised in our recent application for accreditation in South Australia). Considerable work will be required before 7344 can be brought to Paterson, including the installation of an ICE radio, vigilance control, obtaining approval from the Regulator and obtaining the relevant TOC Waivers from the respective network owners.

May 2018 - Depot Improvements.

After months of preparation and planning, a large area of the rail motor shed floor was concreted on Wednesday, 23 May. The section of No.1 Road from the end of the service pit southwards to the new shed extension used some 28 cubic metres of concrete. The newly concreted floor will extend the level work area for use of our recently acquired forklift as well providing improved facilities for servicing of our rolling stock. The opportunity was also taken to relocate the bogie lifting frame from No.1 Road to No.2 Road. The work was carried out by local contractors under the supervision of Rodney Short as Project Manager. Thanks to all members who assisted with the project. Further concrete projects are planned to expand the level workspace in the shed.

May 2018 - Arthur Burgess elected Life Member.

At the Annual General Meeting, and on the recommendation of the Board, Arthur Burgess was elected as a Life Member of the Society in recognition of his 29 years service to the Society.

May 2018 - Annual General Meeting.

The Society's Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday, 12 May 2018. The President thanked retiring Board members for their contribution during the past year, and the line managers presented their regular reports. Five of the members retired in rotation and were eligible for re-election. Following the AGM, the Board met and elected the Office-bearers for the ensuing year. The Board for 2018-2019 is:


Arthur Burgess

Vice President:

Rodney Short


Michael Walsh


Trish Short

Asst. Sectry/Treas:

Cheryl Davies

Board Members:

Bruce Agland

Bruce Greenham

Stephen Davies

Eric Larkins

John Ridden

Spencer Ross

February 2018 - 621/721 Flooring.

Following receipt of a grant from Transport Heritage NSW, the flooring in NPF 621 and NTC 721 was removed and replaced with new vinyl flooring. A significant amount of the underflooring timber was also replaced to age related rot caused since its original construction in 1960-61. The work was carried out by a contractor under the supervision of Michael Walsh as Project Manager. At the same time, the Society provided new kitchen facilities in each car.

January 2018 - Board Retirements.

During December, two members of the Board submitted their resignations. The Board has appointed Bruce Greenham and John Ridden to fill the casual vacancies. We congratulate Bruce and John upon their appointments.


  • Jan 2017 - HPC 402 More Radio Testing.
  • Mar 2017 - KB 2511 Relocated.
  • May 2017 - Annual General Meeting.
  • May 2017 - Board Retirements.
  • May 2017 - Shed Extension Completed.
  • Nov 2017 - HPC 402 Bogie Repairs.
  • Dec 2017 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.


  • Jan 2016 - East Coast Low Pressure System.
  • Mar 2016 - Operations on the South Maitland Railway.
  • Apr 2016 - Hunter Valley Steamfest 30th Anniversary.
  • Apr 2016 - HPC 402 Used For Ballast Survey.
  • May 2016 - Annual General Meeting.
  • May 2016 - Secretary Bryan Hicks Retires.
  • Jul 2016 - Society Receives Heritage Grant.
  • Oct 2016 - HPC 402 Radio Testing.
  • Dec 2016 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.


  • Jan 2015 - Coffs Harbour Shuttles.
  • Apr 2015 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Apr 2015 - Hunter Valley Steamfest.
  • May 2015 - East Coast Storms.
  • May 2015 - Shed Extension Completed.
  • Jun 2015 - Cleanup of our Depot.
  • Jul 2015 - Cleanup of Depot Completed.
  • Aug 2015 - HPC 402 Maintenance.
  • Sep 2015 - CPH's and 620 in the Metro.
  • Nov 2015 - HPC 402 Radio Testing.
  • Dec 2015 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.


  • Mar 2014 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Apr 2014 - HPC 402 to Binnaway.
  • Apr 2014 - CPH 3 returns to service.
  • May 2014 - Denman Food and Wine Festival.
  • Jun 2014 - ARHS North West Long Weekend Tour.
  • Jul 2014 - Gloucester "Chill Out" Festival.
  • Aug 2014 - Wauchope-Coffs Harbour 2015 Rail Centenary.
  • Aug 2014 - Two Gulgong Outings.
  • Nov 2014 - 402 Club Ventures into Victoria.
  • Dec 2014 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.


  • Jan 2013 - Vale Kenneth Alfred Butt (1932-2013).
  • Feb 2013 - Kiama storm washes out ARHS Nowra Tour.
  • Mar 2013 - HPC 402 returns to service.
  • Mar 2013 - First Victorian Operations.
  • Mar 2013 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Jun 2013 - ARHS South West Tour.
  • Jun 2013 - Nyngan 130th Anniversary.
  • Jul 2013 - Gloucester Chill out Festival.
  • Aug 2013 - Denman's 10th Annual Outing.
  • Sep 2013 - Rescue Helicopter Support Group to Hawkesbury River.
  • Sep 2013 - Local Travel Agent's Tour to Gulgong.
  • Oct 2013 - ARTC Inspection Tour with HPC 402.
  • Oct 2013 - 402 Club West and South West Tour.
  • Nov 2013 - ARE West and South West Tour.
  • Dec 2013 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.


  • Feb 2012 - Drainage works at Paterson.
  • Mar 2012 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Mar 2012 - Society Volunteer of the Year Awards.
  • Jun 2012 - ARHS and 621/721 travel to Brisbane.
  • Aug 2012 - Roof Covering for the TAM and BR.
  • Aug 2012 - NPF 621 receives new engine and transmission.
  • Aug 2012 - Victorian Accreditation Granted.
  • Oct 2012 - ARTC Executives Inspect the SSFL and Main South.
  • Dec 2012 - Volunteer of the Year Awards.


  • Feb 2011 - Society supports Dungog Shire efforts for new GP.
  • Feb 2011 - North Coast Curve Easing Survey.
  • Feb 2011 - Depot Flooded Again.
  • Mar 2011 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Apr 2011 - ARTC Inspects New Routes.
  • May 2011 - 621/721 travels to Roma Street.
  • Jun 2011 - 621/721 travels to Broken Hill.
  • Jul 2011 - CPH 3 completes successful main line trial.
  • Aug 2011 - Society helps Hastings Cancer Trust fundraiser.
  • Aug 2011 - Society helps Dungog celebrate its rail centenary.
  • Sep 2011 - ARTC Southern Inspection.
  • Oct 2011 - Society takes Victorian Group to Cobar.
  • Dec 2011 - Society members receive NSW Rail Heritage Volunteer Awards.
  • Dec 2011 - Society takes delivery of Front-end Loader.


  • Jan 2010 - 621/721 heads out in new paint scheme.
  • Mar 2010 - CPH's make first run into Queensland.
  • Apr 2010 - Hunter Valley Steamfest.
  • Apr 2010 - Annual General Meeting.
  • May 2010 - Society Book Collection Catalogued.
  • Jun 2010 - Society Member wins Rail Heritage Volunteer Award.
  • Jul 2010 - Restoration of Rail Motor Trailer No.51.
  • Oct 2010 - Murrurundi Locomotive Depot Reunion.
  • Oct 2010 - Dunedoo Railway Centenary.
  • Dec 2010 - Taree 620 Launch.


  • Mar 2009 - Annual General Meeting.
  • Apr 2009 - Society receives Heritage Grant for Trailer No.51.
  • Jul 2009 - Society Members win annual Rail Heritage Volunteer Awards.
  • Sep 2009 - The Rail Motor Society celebrates 25th Anniversary.


  • Jan 2008 - Storm Damage Repaired
  • Mar 2008 - Annual General Meeting
  • Apr 2008 - Heavy Rain Limits Steamfest Crowds
  • Apr 2008 - Heavy Rain Causes More Yard Damage
  • Jun 2008 - HPC 402 carries out radio testing on the Epping-Chatswood Rail Link
  • Jul 2008 - Society Teams win Rail Heritage Volunteer Awards
  • Aug 2008 - Site Drainage Stage I Completed
  • Sep 2008 - Society awarded custody of RailCorp's heritage 620 Class Set
  • Oct 2008 - HPC 402 receives a new paint job
  • Nov 2008 - Society receives reciprocal accreditation in Queensland

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