Lithgow State Mine Heritage Park & Railway, Lithgow

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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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  • The people running this hands on museum are valiantly attempting to preserve the areas industrial heritage and well done for doing so. However the site needs some financial assistance to ensure the it...  more »
  • This park obviously lacks funding and in all reality, it offers very little other than a collection of dilapidated and rusted equipment that is strewn all over the site. There are only two buildings r...  more »
  • We really enjoyed our glimpse into the past of the region. Lots to see and learn. Warm, very informative and friendly guide. We went from here to Glow Worm Tunnel. All-in-all an excellent day.  more »
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  • fantastic place to have a look around and see a bit of history from the early coal days. you can drive out anytime and have a look around, just be aware that there is a working rail workshop next door so you will not be allowed to go and look at the old trains. otherwise the weekends will be the best time to catch a local (volunteer) guide and have a chat about the old days.
  • Interesting to see and appreciate how good we have it these days compared to the working conditions of the old timer miners. Cheap, includes a tour. Worth a look.
  • Great guy Michael told us what it was like back in the day showed us the machines and equipment to he worn going in everyshift and also the sad side to the life of a coal miner very hard job but great Museum. Must see.
  • Really love the heritage of old railway and mining machines
  • 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.

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