Lachlan Valley Rail’s (LVR) move to have historic steam and diesel trains based in Orange only strengthens the group’s resolve for the rail line between Blayney and Cowra to re-open.
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While the Orange move will see LVR consolidate its stock of two steam engines, nine diesel engines and several historic railway carriages in Orange, Cowra will remain home to many of the group’s assets including two steam engines and a huge amount of rolling stock.
LVR secretary/treasurer John Healey said the group would seek $240,000 in State Government heritage grant funding to erect two large sheds to protect the trains at Orange.
Mr Healey said Cowra would remain the group’s home.
“We haven’t had a base outside of Cowra where everything could live and be maintained,” he said.
“We envisage the two locations would support each other.
“But Cowra will remain the heartbeat of our operation,” Mr Healey said.
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