The Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum ("the ATTM") is one of the leading educational and tourist destinations in Alexandra, Victoria, and is built around a high quality museum and an extensive, regularly operating railway with strong connections to our community and our local history.
ATTM plans to undertake essential capital works to build a running shed to preserve our enviable fleet of heritage vehicles, every one of which is central to the history of timber workings and light rail in Victoria and Australia. This unique collection is stored in very substandard conditions at present and any repairs and maintenance are challenging. Restoration of non-operational motive power is currently impossible as there is no safe and practical working space.
This project is a key element of our Strategic Plan for 2022—2025 and will provide more secure accommodation for these unique assets. The project budget is $371,000, of which the ATTM is required to contribute 25% of the costs.
The running shed will provide modern, fully weather proof accommodation for the most important locomotives and other vehicles and will provide other benefits such as a safe place for maintenance and repair work, and a small workshop facility.
It will also allow visitors to inspect exhibits not operating in a safe, sheltered environment where they can be kept safe yet close enough to the exhibits to appreciate them. As well it will give the group the ability to prepare trains in the morning and close up more quickly at the end of the day, therefore reducing the fatigue risk for volunteers travelling from Melbourne.
The ATTM plans to provide $10,000 as our contribution to the project, and this fundraiser will seek to raise the remaining $83,000.
The Museum is very appreciative of community support to help preserve these very important historic assets.