The Armidale Bicentennial Railway Museum is conducted by Armidale Dumaresq Council. It commemorates the vital role that the railway played in Armidale’s social and economic history.
Until the 1960s, the railways were the city’s largest employer and, at one stage, employed almost 10% of its breadwinners.
The Museum depicts the days when the railway was the nation’s common carrier, transporting “everything from a needle to an anchor”. It also looks at the everyday work of railwaymen – you can try your hand with the hand operated rail saw, or drill a hole with a “ratchet and post”.
A comprehensive collection of fettlers’ track vehicles shows how employees went to work on the most isolated stretches of line. They range from the hand pump tricycles of the 1880s to modern powered vehicles. The Museum gives a real insight into the skills required to operate the Main Northern Line in the heyday of railways.