Archer Park Rail Museum’s restoration wins prestigious award

Published on 02 June 2019

Archer Park Rail Museum

Archer Park Rail Museum is iconic in Rockhampton and is listed as one of the top 15 things to do in the Rockhampton Region. What's even better - thanks to a major restoration, Archer Park Rail Museum has been recognised as one of the state’s most outstanding conservation projects at the prestigious National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards. 

Archer Park Rail Museum allows you to step back in time, eavesdrop on conversations of passengers and railway workers from days gone by and look at the start of the tram system within the Rockhampton Region. With one of the only fully restored Purrey Steam Trams in the world; history, conversation and the sharing of the region’s history is at the forefront of the experience that Archer Park offers. Something that the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) seems to also agree with.

Each year, the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) acknowledges and celebrates the quality of heritage work that is carried out across the state. The Archer Park Rail Museum project received a High Commendation in the 2018 Agency Conservation Programs category at the state awards ceremony in Brisbane. The category celebrates excellence in planning, conservation, interpretation and promotion of heritage.

In 1909 200 guests in two trams with trailers steamed up to the Rockhampton Botanic gardens after the official opening, and Archer Park Rail Museum allows you the opportunity to hop on a purrey steam tram and travel down the centre of Rockhampton.

Rockhampton Regional Council worked with the Australian Heritage Specialists Pty Ltd to restore the former Archer Park Railway Station, built in 1899. But did you know that it was actually Rockhampton Council in 1908 that ordered four steam trams made by monsieur Valentin Purrey of Bordeaux, France to create at that time a new city tramway.

Australian Heritage Specialists Principal Consultant Benjamin Gall said it was an honour to be recognised by the National Trust Queensland for the careful planning and attention to detail that went into the project, which is of state significance.

“Archer Park Railway Station is an important part of the evolution of the central Queensland railway network as well as a significant component of Rockhampton’s civic centre and transport history and a prominent community landmark,” Mr Gall said.

“The building has a significant amount of original elements and we were careful to ensure the heritage values of the building were conserved, including correcting the colour scheme that was the result of painting carried out in the 1990s.

So if trams, trains, transport are your thing, and you have a passion for history then take the time within your trip to make Archer Park Rail Museum one of the must do’s on your list.