In 2009, the Government took a major rail heritage decision to create another museum at Thirlmere, NSW adjacent to the exsiting NSW Rail Transport Museum, established in 1962. Jackson Teece were engaged by RailCorp to provide architecture, interior & heritage services for the museum upgrade to consolidate, conserve and present the State Government’s rail heritage for current and future generations.

The project renewal provided a Main Exhibition Building and Great Train Hall, with a series of other spaces such as the “Workers Walk” and Roundhouse where workshops and demonstrations are held, and an outdoor children’s play area. The Main Exhibition Hall provides enclosed space for exhibits which need protection from the elements, with a rail platform alongside for traveling exhibitions. The museum holds Australia’s largest collection of heritage rolling stock, and accessible platforms give visitors the opportunity to get close to, and inside many of the locomotives and carriages.

The upgrade retained and conserved significant heritage elements, while sustainability and visitor safety were also key design considerations. Many materials used are recyclable and former rasuch as metal cladding, insitu and pre-cast concrete, glass and steelwork. An under-floor hydronic heating/cooling system has been installed to support the natural and roof ventilation, and a 100,000-litre rainwater tank supplies water to the museum. The museum transformation attracts a wide and varied audience to take part in the NSW rail heritage experience.