Revitalising Newcastle is yet to find a home for a heritage piece of transport infrastructure uncovered during the construction of light rail.
The old Burwood Coal Company railway line, which crossed Hunter Street from Burwood Street, was unearthed in October 2017.
The railway was privately built in the early 1850s to transport coal from mines at Merewether to Newcastle Harbour.
The line crossed two of the city’s old tram lines on Hunter Street and as part of diamond crossing, which Newcastle Herald historian Mike Scanlon described at the time as “one of the last relics of the early coal industry in Newcastle”.
Newcastle’s old trams ceased operation in 1950 and the Burwood line closed four years after in 1954.
Both were tarred over and left hidden underground for more than 60 years.
Transport for NSW said at the time of uncovering the Burwood line the old railway would have to be removed for new services.
“The Burwood Coal Company railway line has local significance, but is not a listed heritage item,” a spokesperson said.
“Once the remains have been archaeologically surveyed and recorded, they will be removed,”
A heritage consultant later said in a Revitalising Newcastle video the diamond crossing would be “removed pretty much intact and stored off-site”.
“Hopefully some good interpretation can be done, or can be displayed or re-used, or enjoyed and understood for future generations of Novocastrians,” the consultant said.
But a Revitalising Newcastle spokesperson told the Herald this week it was still attempting to find the crossing a new home.
“The Burwood Railway diamond crossing is currently in storage as Revitalising Newcastle works with heritage experts to explore options for its preservation and reuse,” the spokesperson said.
Plans to use the crossing in an artwork or historical construction along the line have failed to eventuate.
Create NSW announced earlier this month it had commissioned Newcastle-raised artist Jamie North to construct a public artwork at Worth Place.
Mr North will use heritage sandstone blocks and steel rail tracks uncovered during the light rail build. His project will be unveiled before light rail begins passenger services in February.
Newcastle Museum is understood to have turned down an offer to take possession of the diamond crossing.