Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park, Lithgow
(4.3/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
The Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park & Railway is an Australian mining museum, located in the Central Tablelands city of Lithgow, New South Wales.CollectionThe museum is principally a museum of coalmining and related industries. The aim of the project is the showcase the industrial history of the western coalfield of New South Wales.The mining museum contains Australia's most comprehensive collection of coalmining artefacts, including coal cutters, coal loaders, continuous miners and underground transports. A recently developed multimedia exhibit titled "Fire in the Mine" explores the working lives of coalminers in the mid Twentieth Century and the horrific consequences of an underground fire that occurred in the State Coal Mine in 1953. The museum's latest exhibits "Hewers of Coal" and "Lithgow Valley Colliery Fire & Explosion 1886" use photographs, artefacts and digital media to investigate various aspects of coal mining in the New South Wales Western Coalfield.Organisation and historyThe museum is owned and operated by The City of Greater Lithgow Mining Museum Inc. The museum was developed from 1990 when the former Lithgow State Coal Mine site was given to the community of Lithgow by the now delisted mining company, Austen & Butta Limited.The museum is located on the northern outskirts of Lithgow on the site of the State Coal Mine that was closed in 1964 after being damaged by floods. The museum is connected to the Main Western railway line via a 1.5 kilometre branch from Lithgow yard. In 1976 the site was sold to Austin & Butta Collieries who donated the site to the City of Lithgow in 1990 with restoration work commencing shortly after. In October 2001 a fire destroyed the carriage shed and a number of items of rolling stock.
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  • Absolutely worth the visit. Firstly the State Mine Museum was a fabulous revelation about how underground mining worked in the early day, pit ponies and everything sweated labour and mine props. Next ...  more »
  • We were driving along taking in a scenic drive when we stumbled across this great piece of history. We had the pleasure of seeing (and hearing) the old diesel loco get fired up. 
  • We found this place to be very interesting and our guide was fantastic and very informative. The history of the place is amazing and makes you realize how easy our work days are now. 
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  • Enjoyed it a lot. Unfortunately you can't enter the old mine, but they do a good job of telling you what it was like in the old days going underground.