Photo: Geoff Murray


Our Depot, located in the old Paterson Goods Yard, houses the Society's museum, its collection of rail motors and other rolling stock items. The museum is located opposite Paterson Railway Station on the North Coast Line (to Brisbane). Road access and visitor entrance to the museum is located off the end of Church Street. See where to find us below.


The Society's rail motor collection is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. The principal items in the Society's collection that are on display at our museum are:

Block Instruments
  • CPH 3 - built 1923 - the oldest surviving rail motor in NSW - operational
  • CPH 7 - built 1924 - 42-Foot rail motor - operational
  • CPH 1 - built 1925 - 42-Foot rail motor - operational
  • CPH 14 - built 1925 - 42-Foot rail motor
  • CPH 19 - built 1926 - 42-Foot rail motor
  • CTC 51 - built 1926 - the oldest rail motor trailer in NSW - under reconstruction
  • HPC 402 - built 1938 - the only two compartment 400 Class rail motor
  • FT 501 - built 1938 - 500 Class rail motor trailer
  • SFP 602 - built 1949 - one of two surviving 600 Class rail motors in original condition
  • WFP 606 - built 1949 - one of two surviving 600 Class rail motors in original condition
  • CT 707 - built 1950 - the only surviving 700 Class rail motor trailer in original condition

Other rail motors on display at our museum are:

  • NPF 621 - built 1961 - class leader of the 620 Class (part of RailCorp's Heritage Fleet)
  • NTC 721 - built 1961 - class leader of the 720 Class (part of RailCorp's Heritage Fleet)
  • NPF 629 - built 1963 - 620 Class rail motor
  • NTC 729 - built 1963 - 720 Class rail motor trailer

Our museum site also includes the old Station Master's residence that has been restored to its 1930's exterior appearance and colour scheme by State Rail Heritage. The residence provides a reception centre for visitors, facilities for members and houses a display of railway memorabilia from both the steam and diesel eras. Key items on display include a pair of NSWGR standard block telegraph instruments and large and miniature electric staff instruments formerly used for training at the Newcastle Railway Institute. In addition, our museum site also includes one of the few remaining standard NSWGR Goods Sheds on the North Coast Line.




Staff Instruments


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The museum is open for inspection during the following hours:

  • 3rd Saturday of each month (except December) - entry from 10 am and last tour commences at 2 pm. Please Note - As our museum is staffed entirely by volunteers, we make every effort to be open as advertised. However, on occasions, we may not be able to open due to our operational activities, maintenance works in our Depot or the unavailability of guides to escort visitors around our site. We recommend that you contact the Secretary 24 hours before any visit to confirm that our museum will be open.
  • Other times by appointment - Please contact the Secretary to make an appointment for your visit. You will appreciate that your visit requires volunteers to make arrangements to be on site to escort you around. We will do our best to accommodate your request, however, your nominated date and time will be subject to the availability of a suitable guide(s) for your visit. Unaccompanied site visits are not permitted for safety and security reasons.
  • Visiting requirements - Our museum is a working railway yard and workshop and is not a suitable venue for visits by the mobility impaired. Suitable clothing should also be worn. This particularly applies to footwear - bare feet, thongs and sandals are not permitted at any time and we recommended that sturdy shoes with a closed-in toe and low heels are worn. Children visiting our museum are most welcome, but must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult at all times.


Paterson is a historic township located on the Paterson River, about 15 minutes north of Maitland. The town has a population of a little over 300 and farming activity in the area dates from the early 1800's. There are a number of historic buildings including St. Anne's Presbyterian Church and the Court House, now the local history museum. There is also a large park in the centre of town located on the river bank suitable for group activities including picnics and barbeques.

When visiting Paterson, the following local businesses are open to service your needs 7 days a week:

Food & Beverage Services

  • CBC Bed & Breakfast & Cafe (a la carte meals & accommodation) - 19 King Street - Phone (02) 4938 5767 - Web Site
  • Court House Hotel (a la carte meals & accommodation) - King Street - Phone (02) 4938 5122 - Web Site
  • Paterson Country Cafe (light meals & takeaway) - 24 King Street - Phone (02) 4938 5135
  • Paterson Tavern (a la carte meals) - 25 Prince Street - Phone (02) 4938 5196 - Web Site
  • The Flying Duck Cafe (a la carte meals) - 802 Gresford Road, Vacy - Phone (02) 4938 8305 - Web Site

Accommodation Services

To find and book hotels nearby, visit the Hotels Combined Web Site

Other Attractions

For further information about attractions in and around Paterson and in the greater Dungog Shire, please contact the Dungog Visitor Information Centre on (02) 4992 2212 or visit their web site.