JUNEE RAILWAY ROUNDHOUSE MUSEUM
by Allan Boyd
On our way home from the A’van annual National Gathering held in Yarrawonga, Vic, Chris and I drove Corowa, Urana with a free overnight camp stop at Collingully, NSW on the Monday night. The next day we took the route to Junee via Coolamon (a very interesting town). At Junee we stayed with our friends, Phil and Lola, who told us about the town’s latest acquisition at the Junee Railway Roundhouse Museum, a C36 Class locomotive.
The Museum is open on weekends as it is only run by volunteers. However, Lola had the right contacts and she arranged a visit for us for the next day. The engine is #3609. It is now at Junee in the Roundhouse waiting to be fully restored by the local volunteers with a State Government grant, however it remains the property of the NSW State Government.
Express Passenger Steam Locomotive #3609
C36 Class steam locomotives were one of the most successful and prominent passenger engines of the NSW system. From the first engine #3601 that was operational on 7 January 1925 until the last #3651 that ceased in September 1969 the C36 class ran millions of miles. #3609, one of the first 10 built, is now housed at the Museum.
#3609 was designed and built by the NSWGR Everleigh Works entering service on 24/08/1928 and ceased service on 12/12/1965 having travelled 2,596,945 miles. Although condemned on 17/11/1967 #3609 was set aside for preservation the following month. It was preserved and maintained by the Enfield/Thirlmere Railway Museum from 1967 – 2018 when it was transferred to the Junee Museum on 14/01/2018. #3609’s contribution to NSW railway history is recognised and the engine remains the property of the NSW Government’s Movable Collection and Transport Heritage. (source Junee Railway Roundhouse Museum)
To top off the day we had morning tea at the original Junee Railway Station Cafe.
Chris and I then visited the Junee chocolate liquorice factory to sample and buy up chocolate and liquorice for ourselves and for family.
Conclusion: Another trip to Junee would make a great event for STHARC members sometime in the future. And for those not entirely railway “mad”, we could include a side trip to nearby Coolamon that has a cheese & coffee cafe, an old Fire Station Museum and an old departmental store showcasing local craft wares among its historic buildings.
Shannons Wheels 2019 Sunday 3rd March 2019
Photos thanks to Chris Forsey