Richmond Vale Railway Museum to hold limited re-opening with Santa Special Day on November 19

RE-OPENING: Santa and Mrs Claus will be special guests at Richmond Vale Railway Museum's limited re-opening on Sunday, November 19.
RE-OPENING: Santa and Mrs Claus will be special guests at Richmond Vale Railway Museum's limited re-opening on Sunday, November 19.

Richmond Vale Railway Museum will hold a limited re-opening for its annual Santa Special Day on Sunday, November 19.

The museum was devastated by bushfire on September 13 and has been slowly proceeding towards a safe re-opening.

The Santa Special Day will be the first opportunity for members of the public to witness the fire’s impact.

“Due to delays in the process of making the site safe, volunteers have been unable to complete track rehabilitation in time for the Santa Special Day, which means we cannot run passenger services just yet,” museum chairman Peter Meddows said.

“However, we are determined to allow Santa his special day at Richmond Vale.”

Steam and diesel miniature train rides will be on offer, as well as exhibitions of model trains, face-painting and family activities. The canteen and souvenir shop will be open.

It will also be the last chance to buy tickets in the museum’s model railway fundraising raffle, which will be drawn at 3pm that day.

Due to the lack of train services, a reduced entry fee of $10 adults, $5 children and concessions will apply.

Gates will be open from 9.30am to 4pm.

The Rebuilding Richi fundraising appeal remains open at www.gofundraise.com.au/beneficiary/rebuildingrichi.

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