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National Railway Museum receives $300,000 grant Following several months of liaison, it was wonderful news to hear that the SA Government (through the Department for Education) has allocated a sum of $300,000 to NRM for the construction of an extension to the western side of the Fluck pavilion. Measuring about 94m long, 8m wide and 6m high, the massive structure will be a welcomed addition to provide undercover storage for rolling stock.

National Railway Museum receives $300,000 grant

Following several months of liaison, it was wonderful news to hear that the SA Government (through the Department for Education) has allocated a sum of $300,000 to NRM for the construction of an extension to the western side of the Fluck pavilion. Measuring about 94m long, 8m wide and 6m high, the massive structure will be a welcomed addition to provide undercover storage for rolling stock.

It is proposed that the operational rolling stock ie; broad gauge Redhen and Bluebird railcars, along with broad gauge diesel loco 801 and standard gauge loco 515 will be positioned under this cover on a section of track to be made triple gauge. On days when narrow gauge Peronne is running, these railcars and locomotives will be temporarily repositioned during that event, being returned afterwards. The 457mm gauge railway will remain where it is and run through the open-ended building.

Subsequently, the undercover space created by repositioning this rolling stock to the new shed area can be used for placing other items in the collection undercover. Some favourable suggestions received thus far include standard gauge CR Budd railcar CB1, broad gauge steam loco 752, diesel engine 930 and the GWA Hi-rail.

Construction of the new shed will commence in about mid-September with completion planned for around the end of October this year. Most of the sleepers to complete this overall project are coming as part of the compensation to NRM, due to the Government’s new Port Dock railway station project – currently on hold.

“Spanlift Australia is delighted to partner with National Railway Museum to build a maintenance cover shed.
We would like to thank Bob Sampson (Executive Officer) for this opportunity. Looking forward to starting construction in the coming months. A big thank you to Steven Marshall for funding this project, helping preserve South Australia’s history.” – Spanlift Australia