RailCorp Section 170 Heritage Register Update Project
With a history spanning over 150 years, the NSW Government railways hold one of the largest collections of heritage assets in NSW. Government agencies are required to maintain a register of heritage assets under their control, known as a Section 170 Heritage and Conservation Register.
During 2008/09, RailCorp undertook a project to bring its Section 170 Heritage and Conservation Register up to date. The project was undertaken collaboratively by all business groups within RailCorp responsible for management of heritage assets: Asset Operations, Property Division and the Office of Rail Heritage. It involved a number of teams of historians and heritage specialists that researched, documented and assessed the heritage significance of over 600 railway items and places of heritage value to the NSW community.
For more information about NSW Government Agancies S170 Registers see;
Heritage Facilities Projects
Having identified the core collection, the Office of Rail Heritage established and upgraded facilities to ensure the heritage fleet and small objects are appropriately accommodated. These facilities are: the i) Broadmeadow Roundhouse, ii) Large Erecting Shop and iii) Rail Heritage Centre Upgrade relaunced in March 2011 as Trainworks.
Through these projects the Office of Rail Heritage actively applied an asset management approach to RailCorp's core collection of State railway heritage items and facilitating the proper care and safe and sustainable management of RailCorp owned heritage assets.